15 December 2012

Gambia: D50,000 Bail Bond for Journalist Abdoulie John

Banjul-based Jollofnews online Editor Abdoulie John has been handed a bail bond of D50,000 and released after he was called to report at the NIA headquarters yesterday 13 December 2012.

Four days ago, Mr. John also a correspondent of Associated Press had a push and pull over an incident that ensued at the release of the eight captured Senegalese soldiers through the Gambia government by the independence-fighting MFDC rebel faction in Casamance.

The ex-Daily Observer reporter, was present on the occasion on the invitation of a committee and trouble only erupted when he was questioned by Sulayman Gassama - state house photographer - for taking pictures.

He was later arrested and subsequently released.

The Jollofnews editor reported to the NIA yesterday afternoon 12 noon upon invitation and was set free only after 4pm with a bail bond of D50,000 but no criminal charge is proffered on him. He has been asked to tender his travel document- passport- and is to report back at NIA head office on Monday.

International Federation of Journalists has denounced John's arrest as 'arbitrary'.

Mr. John has maintained his innocence as he puts it 'I have done nothing wrong.'

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