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State drops charges against Jimara GDC supporters

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By Omar Bah

The criminal charges filed against the opposition Gambia Democratic Congress supporters have been dropped, The Standard has learned yesterday.
The decision was reached at the Basse Magistrates Court when the prosecution filed a ‘Nolle prosequi” to discontinue the case indefinitely.

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Accordingly, Hon. Alagie Sowe, the NAM for Jimara Constituency, Faye Manneh, Muhammed Sowe, Sara Jawo and Foday Baldeh were acquitted and discharged.
The four were charged on three counts: conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, common assault and incitement of violence. Meanwhile, Hon. Alagie Sowe shortly after the charges were dropped told The Standard via telephone that no conviction was secured at the trial because he and his fellow accused persons are innocent in the eyes of the law.

This, he said, prompted the state’s move to withdraw the charges filed against them.
“From the onset I knew the charges were politically motivated because some people want to mislead the president, but I am glad that the truth has finally prevailed,” he said.
Asked whether he is planning to take any action, Hon Sowe said: “As we speak I have not taken any decision…I will discuss with my party executives and the final decision will come from them, but there is likelihood that we will let it rest and move on.”

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