EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Remains of the young man who was alleged to have died after being manhandled by the police Anti-Crime Unit officials will be laid to rest Friday at Serrekunda suburb of Latrikunda German.
The 36-year-old Ousman Darboe died last month, just few days after being released from police custody which gave rise to a heavy protest that started at the Serrekunda market, where he work, and soon spread throughout the town.
The July 24 incident, which sparked a wave of panic in the country, saw a colossal destruction of properties in a violent protest by group of angry youth, including an arson attack on the police Anti-Crime Unit commander’s home. They were demanding for justice from the government for the death of the young man.
Thirty-seven people, including singer and right activist Killa Ace are currently charged and on trial before a lower court in Kanifing for their involvement in the incident. Last Tuesday, magistrate Elizabeth Dunn ordered for the thirty-seven youth to be remanded in custody until next Tuesday when the case will resume.
An eight-count charge is leveled against them by the police, including conspiracy to commit a felony, unlawful assembly and prohibition of conduct conducive to breaches of peace.
A family member told Eye Africa TV that a postmortem was conducted on the late Ousman but they are expecting to receive the results by next week. A Muslim burial rite will be observed at the Latrikunda mosque this afternoon and he will be laid to rest at the community’s Muslim cemetery at 2pm.
Family members and friends alleged that Ousman died from torture by the Anti-Crime Unit who arrested him earlier in July, but the police have denied the allegation, saying Mr. Darboe was released on bail after his arrest in connection with a stolen property that he bought. Police say he was an asthmatic patient.
Police fired teargas to disperse the angry protesters who were armed with stones that they were throwing into the Serrekunda Police Station where the protest began. Six people were initially arrested and later released on bail.