11 December 2012

Gambia: Imam Baba Leigh in Detention for Eight Days Now

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Imam Baba Leigh, jailed in the Gambia by the regime of Yahya Jammeh.

Baba Leigh, the Imam of Kanifing Estate Mosque, has been arrested and detained since Monday, 3 December, 2012 without access to family and friends. It is eight days now, which exceeds the constitutional requirement of holding a person for not more than 72 hours without charge, bail or court appearance.

Section 19 of the Constitution states "Any person who is arrested or detained upon reasonable suspicion of his or her having committed, or being about to commit, a criminal offence under the Laws of The Gambia, and who is not released, shall be brought without undue delay before a court, and in any event, within seventy-two hours." Up till Monday afternoon family members been unable to see Mr Leigh at NIA where he is kept nor can they say anything about his well being.

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