The gambian online community has been swirling with indignation at the arrest and detention of Washington based former Observer reporter Fatou Jaw manneh. She was arrested on her arrival at Banjul international airport sometime last week and today we learn from the point that she has been arraigned and charged with insulting the president. Here is what the point has on the incident:
Fatou Jaw Manneh was yesterday arraigned before Magistrate Pa Harry Jammeh of the Kanifing court, charged with ‘indictious offence.’
In her reaction to the charge, the accused told the court that she could not take her plea in the absence of her lawyer. The court thus granted her time to get the services of a lawyer.
The accused, arrested and detained on her arrival from the US, is said to have worked for many online newspapers in Washington, DC.
She is expected back in court today.
Meanwhile, this paper was reliably informed that family members of Ms. Manneh has been given access to her, and also providing food while in detention at the NIA since last Wednesday…thepoint
Since when did insulting the president become a crime? Only in a dictatorship do such things tantamount to a criminal case.
Thank God she has been release on bail. that is a start.