Banjul, The Gambia— A court in The Gambia, has remanded two Kiang residents on charges of exposing a five month old baby girl to female genital mutilation, resulting to her death, the Freedom Newspaper can report. The accused persons Sunkaru Darboe, and Saffiatou Darboe, appeared before Principal magistrate Omar Cham, of the Banjul magistrates court on Friday.
A criminal complaint filed by the police stated that on 27 February 2016, at Sankandi village in Kiang West and diverse places in The Gambia, Sunkaru Darboe and her co accused person Saffiatou Darboe, conspired and took one Aminata Drammeh, a five-month-old baby to one Isatou Camara, for the purposes of conducting Female Genital Mutilation, which later resulted in her death.
The prosecution went on to state that Sunkaru Darboe, on 27 February 2016 at Sankandi village in Kiang West and diverse places in The Gambia, she took her five-month-old granddaughter, Aminata Drammeh, to be circumcised by one Isatou Camara, resulting in her death.
According to the prosecution, Sunkaru Darboe, on 27 February 2016 at Sankandi Village in Kiang West and diverse places in The Gambia, she requested, incited and promoted female circumcision by taking her granddaughter, Aminata Drammeh, to Isatou Camara to be circumcised, which resulted in the child’s death.
The criminal complaint also indicated that Saffiatou Darboe, on 27 February 2016 at Sankandi village in Kiang West and diverse places in The Gambia, she knew female circumcision was taking place and she failed to inform the authorities concerned about it.
Represented by Lawyer Lamin L.S Camara, both accused persons vehemently rejected the charges. Lawyer Camara’s attempts to secure his clients bail was opposed by the prosecutor Corporal Kora. Kora’s argument was that the matter was still under investigations. He also contended that if the bail is granted to the accused persons, they are likely to flee from the jurisdiction of The Gambia.
Magistrate Omar Cham ruled in favour of the prosecution. He consequently remanded the accused person to prions until the next court date scheduled for March, 15.
Written By A Correspondent