Gambia’s Attorney General denies police violated detained lecturer’s rights

Gambia’s Attorney General denies police violated detained lecturer’s rights

Gambia’s Attorney General dismissed reports that rights of a university lecturer and political analyst, Dr. Ismaila Ceesay were violated by authorities for his opinion of the country’s security situation.

“We want to make it clear that Dr. Ceesay’s rights were not in any way violated. The police have a duty to investigate if they have reasons to believe that a crime was committed,” Attorney General Abubacarr Tambadou said.

“I am further informed that when he was requested to go home, he refused to leave the Station. This was clearly not a wise decision on his part.”

Ceesay was arrested after criticizing President Adama Barrow for not being proactive and citing mistrust between the country’s leader and the army.

Ceesay declined to leave the police station because he was charged with inciting violence and given self-bail. He said he wanted full exoneration and a release without any conditions attached.

He slept in the police cell overnight and students backed by civil society organizations camped outside the police headquarters in the capital, Banjul where Ceesay was held demanding his unconditional release.

The Gambia’s Justice Department had said on the night of Ceesay’s arrest that they had sent a team to make sure that no civil rights were violated. It is the first time a Justice Department official addressed the issue.

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