11 January 2013

Gambia: Journalist Abdoulie John Released On Bail

Mr Abdoulie John, who was detained at the National Intelligence Agency headquarters in Banjul since Monday January 7, was released on bail once again on Thursday, January 10. He is to report at the NIA headquarters again on Monday January 14.

Mr John is the editor of the online news website Jollof News and a contributor to The Associated Press.

He believes the NIA investigators are on fishing expedition evidence they want to get from him.He said NIA operatives wanted open his inbox but he refused and that his lap top is now in the custody of the NIA.

He also stated that he was on hunger strike since Monday up to the time of his release.John was arrested on Monday when he went to report at the NIA headquarters. Later the NIA whisked him away to his family home in Tallinding where they conducted a search before leaving the compound with him.

John was recently arrested in Tambacounda when he was to cover the handing over ceremony of Senegalese soldiers by MFDC insurgents to the Government of The Gambia. He was subsequently released on police bail in the sum of fifty thousand dalasi (D50,000).

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