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Court permits Jammeh to be served papers through diplomatic channels

By Bruce Asemota

Presiding Justice Sainabou Wadda Cisse of the High Court has set 3rd October, 2019 for the three Gambians who filed civil suit against ex-president Yahya Jammeh on the HIV/AID case to report as to whether the former president had been served with the court processes.

The motion for a substituted service for ex-president Jammeh to be served with the court processes through diplomatic channel in Equatorial Guinea was granted by the presiding judge who adjourned the matter to the 3rd October, 2019 for proof of service.

The plaintiffs, Lamin Moko Ceesay, Ousmane Yerro Sowe and Fatou M. Jatta are claiming the following redress from the ex president: general damages for pain and suffering and loss occasioned to them by reason of the negligence by Jammeh; a declaration that the ex-president’s confinement of the plaintiffs at various places within the Gambia against their will amounted to false imprisonment; damages for false imprisonment; a declaration that the former president subjected them to inhumane and degrading treatment whilst undergoing ex-president Jammeh’s supposed HIV/AIDS cure; damages occasioned by the aforesaid inhumane and degrading treatment; interest on any sum awarded at the rate of 25% from the date of institution of the suit to the date of judgment and thereafter at the statutory rate of 4% until payment; costs and further reliefs the court may deem fit to award.

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