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Friday, September 25, 2020

‘Detention of Mambury Njie unlawful’

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Ousainou Darboe told The Standard: “The arrest of Mambury Njie and his subsequent detention for all these while without government explaining the reason for his detention amounts to an executive decision of reversal of the decision of the court.

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“It is a shame to our claim of respecters of the rule of law when people like Mambury Njie are subjected to the due process of law by prosecuting him; then acquitted and discharged could still be rearrested and detained.”

The lawyer-cum-political figurehead added: “The constitution states that if an individual is arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, he or she should be brought before a court of law within 72 hours or set free. The detention of a suspect beyond 72 hours amounts to a gross violation of the constitution.”

Mambury is an experienced diplomat and economist with longstanding career in the civil service. He had served as minister in three different ministries – economic affairs, foreign affairs and higher education – before his dismissal in 2012, and later charged with economic crimes. 

Although he was acquitted and discharged in June 2014, he was in October arrested and has since been detained. 

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