5 December 2012

Gambia: Lawyer Amie Bensouda Under Police Detention

Credible information gathered by Foroyaa from close associates of Lawyer Madam Amie Bensouda spoke of the arrest and detention of the legal practitioner by Serious Crime Officers of The Gambia Police Force and is currently being held by them at Police Headquarters in Banjul.

According to the associates, who visited her under detention, the head of Bensouda and Associates Law Firm was picked up by plain clothes officers at her home at Kololi on Monday 3rd December at around 22:00hrs. The information stated that the legal practitioner was detained over night at Serious Crime Office in Banjul. The information added that up to 16:00hrs on Tuesday 4 December, she was not released from Police custody neither been pressed with any charge.

The information further stated that, though she was in detention, but was allowed visitors all day until the official working hours elapsed. The sources said certain lawyers are currently making consultation about her case and a few were seen visiting her at Police Headquarters.

The Police PRO, Cadet ASP David Kujabi said he could not confirm the arrest of Lawyer Bensouda because he was out of office all the way in Bansang and could not get in touch with Banjul to confirm the story.

This reporters will contact the female Lawyers Association and the Bar Association to get their viewpoint.

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