Brother debunks police asthma claim on Ousman Darboe as "unjustifiable"

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A brother who shares the same shop with Ousman Darboe, who died last Wednesday as a result of an alleged torture by personnel of The Gambia Police Force sub-unit call Anti-Crime has debunked what he called the police “unjustifiable” assertion that the 36-year-old man was an asthmatic patient.

Speaking to the Eye Africa TV Good morning Africa show on Monday, Omar Jabbie, who is the Secretary of Serrekunda market committee confirmed that Darboe was released from Police custody since July 15, but argued that the Police cannot justify that he died of asthma and not their alleged torture.

Last Wednesday, hundreds of young people took to the streets along the Serrekunda market in protest against Mr. Darboe’s death.

Mr. Jabbie said what he can say is that he have been with Ousman for 12-years and he have never known him of been asthmatic. “He never fall down due to asthma.”

When Eye Africa TV asked if Ousman never complained to him that he is sick due to asthma, Mr. Jabbie said even though he is not a professional doctor, but all the market vendors can attest that Ousman never complaint of being asthmatic. “I only see the asthma claim as a target to calm the situation.

A resident of Dippa Kunda, Mr. Darboe’s family and friends alleged that he died as a result of torture by the Anti-Crime Unit personnel who arrested him earlier this month.

The police denied any wrongdoing, saying Mr. Darboe was released on bail after his arrest in connection with buying a stolen property. “During his detention, Ousman Darboe was said to be an Asthma patient as shown by medical papers tendered by his family which prompted his bail,” the police said in a statement.

During the Wednesday protest, Police fired teargas to disperse the angry protesters who burnt cartons and firewood on the main Serrekunda highway and caused colossal destruction on the home of the commander of the anti-crime unit.

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