EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: A reliable source have informed Eye Africa TV that singer and activist, Killa Ace and six other youths who were arrested and charged alongside thirty men for their alleged involvement in the July 24 mass protest in Serrekunda will appear before the High Court in Gambia’s capital, Banjul, on Thursday.
We can also confirm that thirty out of the thirty-seven men who were earlier charged alongside the singer have been released by the police.
A source told Eye Africa TV, Wednesday evening that after investigations into the matter, government said it has gathered clear evidence against the seven men for their involvement in the protest.
All the thirty-seven men were earlier arraigned before a lower court in Kanifing, on an eight-count charge, including conspiracy to commit a felony, unlawful assembly and prohibition of conduct conducive to breaches of peace.
On September 3, the Kanifing lower court ordered for them to be remanded in custody until October, when the case will be transferred to the High Court, whose judges are on their vacation. The court could not give any specific date when the case will resume at the High Court.
A source close the case said government decided to rescind its October hearing decision following a mass public outcry for the plight of the accused persons.
The men were rounded up in July 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 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.