Islamic Council president named as architect of late Caliph General’s arrest

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Son of the late Caliph General of Dasilameh Sangajor in West Coast Region have named the current president of Gambia Supreme Islamic Council, Muhammed Lamin Touray as one of architects of his father, Muhideen Hydara’s predicaments, leading to his arrest, detention and charge under former president Yahya Jammeh in 2014.

Testifying before the TRRC to explain the events that led to the arrest of his father and his subsequent charge, Abas Muhideen Hydara said it was the Islamic Council’s president who suggested to former president Jammeh to ban all the Muslim leaders who refused to observe that years Eid Adha feast on the day announced by the Islamic council.

The late Caliph General was charged with conspiracy and disobedience to lawful order in 2014, alongside the Dasilameh village Alkalo, Buyeh Touray after they failed to lead their community to pray that year’s Muslim feast of Eid on the day announced by the Islamic Council.

He was arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court in Brikama but since the beginning of the trial, he maintained his innocence, saying he did nothing wrong.

Mr Hydara told the commission that his father died on 22 March 2019, describing him as a great defender of the Islamic religion as an Islamic teacher for all his life. He said the late Caliph General had even taught his students in the morning before he die.

He said his father is someone who believes in making his independent decision and believes that Gambians should believe in themselves instead of relying on the surrounding counties to decide for them.

Abas said the Islamic council president Muhammed Lamin Touray convinced former President Jammeh to ban the Imams who refused to agree with the council’s announced date when he led a delegation to state house on the day of the Eid prayer.

He said it was the same day that former President Jammeh announced on TV that no one was going to pray Eid on a day different from the one announced by the Islamic Council, saying that Gambia belong to him and if anyone tries him, that person will pay the consequences.

Story written by Isatou Badjie

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