EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Arrested members of the government pressure group 3 years Jotna are expected to be released on bail nearly 72 hours after their arrest during the group Sunday demonstration that turned into violence.
Dozens were arrested by police, including executive members of the group that has been asking president Adama Barrow to respect the three years agreement with the Coalition 2016 political leaders and step down.
They were arrested shortly after the violence erupted between the anti-government protesters and the police.
Several people including, relatives of the arrested persons today gathered at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court to witness the proceedings, as news of their appearance at the court circulate.
Many of those attending the court proceeding started to express anger when they received the information of the cancellation of the hearing.
Gambia born UK-based Lawyer, Jay Paul was at the court to show solidarity with the arrested persons.
He told journalists that he was informed that other lawyers were talking to the police and there is possibility that they will be granted bail, saying they cannot be detained for more than 72 hours.
He said sources have informed him that the arrested persons were treated well while under custody.
The pressure group calling President Adama Barrow to respect the 2016 coalition agreement and step-down this January, last month held a peaceful demonstration but in their second attempt to amplify their call, the situation turned violent between them and the police, resulting to injuries, arrest of media personnel and closure of two radio stations.
Story written by Amadou Kanteh