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REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA:
JOURNALISTS ACQUITTED AND DISCHARGED

Update info:
19 Nov 2014 (Suspended)
Country:
REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA
Subject:
Period:
19 Dec 2014
Distribution date:
19 Nov 2014
UA No:
010/2014

On 10 November, Gambian journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah were acquitted and discharged on the two counts of “publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public” and “conspiracy to commit felony”. They had been on trial for more than 10 months.

The magistrate of the Banjul Magistrate Court of The Gambia ruled that “the prosecution have failed to prove the essential ingredients of the offence on both counts” and decided to acquit and discharge journalists Musa Sheriff and Sainey M.K. Marenah. This ruling ends a 10-month long trial which caused distress to the two men and their families.

Following the ruling, both men announced they will continue their journalistic work and expressed gratitude to their supporters.

Sainey M.K. Marenah said "Words can’t express how I feel, but I am happy. I am walking home a free man. I must commend Amnesty International and other international partners for their support. Their campaigns calling for our release and for charges against us to be dropped really bear fruits."

No further action is requested of the UA network. Many thanks to all who sent appeals.

This is the fourth update of UA 10/14. Further information: www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AFR27/013/2014/en