EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The 36-year-old Sierra Leonean man Ousman Darboe, who died in July after being allegedly manhandled by officers of the police Anti-Crime Unit have been laid to rest Friday afternoon, at the Latrikunda German cemetery.
During the burial right at the Latrikunda German mosque, head Imam Drammeh called for dialogue between government and the youth to provide justice for the late Mr. Darboe in a peaceful way.
Ousman died just few days after he was released from police custody, awakening a mass protest by young people from the Serrekunda market, where he work, and soon spread throughout the town.
National Assembly for Serekunda Halifa Sallah appealed to young people to maintain peace and order, saying that will be the only solution to solve the problem.
The July 24 protest, which sparked a wave of panic in the country, saw a colossal destruction of properties in a violent manner by group of angry youth, including an arson attack on the police Anti-Crime Unit commander’s home.
Thirty-seven people, including singer and right activist Killa Ace are currently charged and on trial before a lower court in Kanifing for their involvement in the incident. Last Tuesday, magistrate Elizabeth Dunn ordered for the thirty-seven youth to be remanded in custody until next Tuesday when the case will resume.
An eight-count charge is leveled against them by the police, including conspiracy to commit a felony, unlawful assembly and prohibition of conduct conducive to breaches of peace.
A family member told Eye Africa TV that a postmortem was conducted on the late Ousman but they are expecting to receive the results next week.
Family members and friends alleged that Ousman died from torture by the Anti-Crime Unit who arrested him earlier in July, but the police have denied the allegation, saying Mr. Darboe was released on bail after his arrest in connection with a stolen property that he bought. Police say he was an asthmatic patient.