The Gambia Court of Appeal has denied bail to the country’s main opposition leader Ousainou Darboe, and his co accused persons. The court headed by Justice Adei Jokey, assisted by Justice Idrissa Mbai, and Justice Awa Bah, ruled that the accused persons should be held under custody—citing the possibility of the accused persons undermining national security.
The court has upheld the ruling of Justice O. Ottaba, which was delivered on May 5th, 2016. The said ruling rejected the accused person’s bail application. The judge noted in that ruling that the accused persons have failed to comment on the substance of the case, which should warrant a court bail to be granted to them. Through out their appearance before the High Court, the accused persons refused to give evidence.
Meanwhile, Darboe and co have been remanded in prison custody. Darboe and co reserve the right to file an appeal before the Supreme Court in the next fourteen days.