EYEAFRICA TV: Kanifing, The Gambia: Singer and rights activist Killa Ace and thirty-six other youth have been given a month-long incarceration following the resumption of their case before a lower court in Kanifing, Tuesday morning.
The thirty-seven men, who are banged with an eight-count charge by the police, including conspiracy to commit a felony, unlawful assembly and prohibition of conduct conducive to breaches of peace, were ordered to remain in custody by Magistrate Elizabeth Dunn on their first day in Court last Tuesday.
They were rounded up last week after their first arrest and release by the police Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) for allegedly involving in a July 24 mass protest in Serrekunda that ensued from the death of a 36-year-old man, Ousman Darboe, who was alleged to have been manhandled by the police ACU.
The July protest, which sparked a wave of panic in the country, saw a colossal destruction of properties in a violent manner by a group of angry young people who also burnt down the home of the police Anti-Crime Unit commander.
When the case resumed Tuesday morning, which lasted less than ten minutes, it was announced that the case will be transferred to the superior court whose judges are currently on leave and will only be resuming in October.
There was heavily armed police paramilitary presence in and outside of the court premises, while rights group Team Gom Sa Bopa members match, demanding for the immediate release of the men. They were string to each other, chanting the word “free the 37,” while others were holding placards requesting for the release of the 37.
The group, who called a press conference on Monday, where they demand from the government for the immediate release of the 37 men, had promised to fight until their demands are respected.
The charges accused the men of jointly and unlawfully agreeing to assemble, cause malicious damage and arson. It also accused them of unlawful assembling with intent to carry out a common purpose equivalent to committing a breach of peace.
Last Tuesday, Magistrate Elizabeth Dunn ordered for them to remain in Police custody until this Tuesday when the case will resume.