Protesters Face Charges Of Wilful Damage

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Twenty people are expected before a court of law this week on charges of “Wilful Damage” of properties.

They face a jail term of up to two years.

The police Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) arrested them on Saturday in connection to a protest in July over the alleged killing of businessman Ousman Darboe by police operatives.

The home of ACU commander was burnt down during the protest which engulfed the Greater Banjul areas.

Police used teargas and rubber bullets to contain the tension but it was not until the army command intervened in the making of peace.

Among the detainees who are currently held in three different locations of the Kairaba, and Bundung Police Stations, is the Brother to the late Ousman Darboe.

Police source who confirmed the number to Eye Africa TV on Sunday said that all the alleged protesters have been interrogated and their statements recorded. It added that charges of Wilful Damage have been pressed on them.

In the Gambia’s Criminal Code, a person who wilfully and unlawfully destroys or damages any property is liable on conviction to imprisonment for two years.

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