The bail application for the detained UDP leader Ousainou Darboe and his party officials have suffered another setback, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Darboe, who arrived in court in handcuffed together with his co accused persons have been remanded to prison pending further court appearance on Thursday. His Lawyer Antouman Gaye, could not make a formal oral court address, as the presiding judge ruled that court addresses should be done in a written format. In other words, all court address should be done in writing. Hence, Counsel Gaye and his defense team were compelled to comply with the judge’s order.
Mr. Darboe and co are standing trail for organizing a protest march without obtaining permit from the state. The accused persons have maintained that it is in line with the Gambian constitution for them to organize a peaceful assembly. The protest was occasioned, following social media reports that one of the detained UDP officials Ebrima Sandeng was tortured to death together with other UDP followers.
Acting on the said reports, Darboe said he thought it crucially imperative to pressure the Jammeh government to produce Ebrima Sandeng and co death or alive. It was during the process of his peaceful assembly, Darboe and co got arrested by the state. He has since been denied bail.
Mr. Darboe and his party officials are expected to reappear in court on Thursday. UDP supporters have been thronging the court premises since the arrest of their leader. They are demanding for the release of their detained officials.