An opposition party in The Gambia has confirmed that at least two of their supporters were arrested by authorities and detained for days before their release on bail.
Ansu Badjie and Gibril Badjie were reportedly arrested from their homes on Monday and detained at the Brikama and Bundung police stations, and later transferred to the capital, Banjul.
The two men said to be brothers, allegedly insulted the country’s President Adama Barrow and other senior government officials in a WhatsApp recording.
They were released on Wednesday and have denied any wrongdoing.
Ansu and Gibril Badjie are supporters of the country’s former President Yahya Jammeh and refuted that the audio shared in an APRC affiliated chat group, One Voice violated any law.
At least 23 soldiers are being detained by Gambian authorities for plotting to revolt against the Barrow regime in a WhatsApp chat group. The opposition said they were targeted for being close to the ex-leader.
Several APRC supporters have seen charges against them dropped for insulting Mr. Barrow in the past months. Ansu and Gibril Badjie are to report daily to the police as part of their bail condition.