Wednesday, 06 February 2013 19:15(JollofNews) – A high court judge in the Gambia, Justice Abdullah Mikailu has criticised the Government of Yahya Jammeh over its prolong detention of Mamburay Njie.
Former Finance Minister Mamburay Njie, 50, was arrested last December and charged at the Banjul Magistrates Court with one count of economic crime.
He is alleged to have between 2006 and 2010‘recklessly and intentionally’ committed undisclosed ‘acts’ that are detrimental to the economy of the Gambia.
Since his arrest, Mr Njie has been detained at the Remand Wing of Mile Two Prisons while his lawyer sought his release on bail at the high court.
Justice Mikailu said the continuous detention of Mr Njie without any explanation by the state was unconstitutional an unacceptable.
He added: “Whenever investigations into a case are delayed, the State should furnish the court on the nature of the detention and the extent of its investigations. It is not enough for the prosecution to keep telling the court that investigations are on-going into the case as a justification for continuous detention of the appellant.”
The judge said the court would not be blindfolded by such excuses and as there was no indictment against Mr Njie, it is unjustifiable for the state to continue detaining him in prison. He therefore ordered his immediate release on bail at a sum of D15, 000,000.
Written by PK Jarju
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