Jailed Gambian opposition leader and his co convicts have been released from state prison today, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Darboe, who arrived in court escorted by state security agents, was released together with other political prisoners. Mr. Darboe and co were sentenced to three years in prison for organizing a protest without permit, inciting violence among other charges.
Inside the courtroom, Darboe’s supporters could be heard telling state security agents: “ We are going to dictate the conduct of this court today. We are in charge now.”
Mr. Darboe was accorded a rousing welcome by his supporters. He later spoke to the press. Mr. Darboe has welcomed his release from custody. He was quick to say: “ I am not yet free because I am yet to be granted bail.”
The veteran politician said he harbors no grudges against dictator Yahya Jammeh. He calls for calm, and peace during this transition period. Mr. Adama Barrow, the winner of the December, 1st elections is expected to be sworn in sometime in January.
Mr. Darboe also referenced the late Nelson Mandela of South Africa as a former political prisoner. Darboe is ready to move on and open a new chapter of his political life. He has since reunited with his family.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai