EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Singer and activist Killa Ace and six other youth who were arrested and charged alongside thirty men for their alleged involvement in the July 24 mass protest in Serrekunda have been granted bail by the High Court in Banjul, on Thursday.
Justice Mahoney granted each of the seven men a bail bond of 100, 000 dalasi with Gambian surety each. The bail was granted following application by the defence legal team. Neither the state prosecutors, nor the defense counsels or the accused persons were present at the court.
The defence team had sent a message notifying the court to proceed with the ruling since they have already made the bail application.
Thirty out of the thirty-seven men who were earlier charged alongside the seven men have been released by the police. Government says it has gathered sufficient and clear evidence against the seven, including Killa Ace for their involvement in the protest after it conducted investigations into the matter.
The group was 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 case was before a lower court in Kanifing on criminal charges, including conspiracy to commit a felony, unlawful assembly and prohibition of conduct conducive to breaches of peace.
On September 3, the Kanifing court for their remand until October, when the case would be transferred to the High Court, whose judges are on vacation. The court could not give any specific date when the case would resume.
A source from the legal side said that the government decided to rescind the October hearing following a public outcry for the plight of the accused persons.