Yankuba Darboe takes plea in sedition trial


By Alagie Manneh

Lawyer Yankuba Darboe has pleaded not guilty when he faced a magistrates’ court in Banjul yesterday morning.

It was his first court appearance answering charges of sedition and contempt.


The political activist was accused by police of insulting the judiciary in the wake of the rearrest and re-trial of the 3YJ8.

Mr Darboe, who appeared in navy-blue casual suit, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

The principal magistrate then granted him a bail bond of D100,000 plus two Gambian sureties. 

Mr Darboe was represented by lawyer Kaddijatou Jallow.

His next court appearance is March 23.

But Mr Darboe’s legal troubles did not stop there. He faces a separate criminal case alongside seven others in the 3YJ leadership bordering on unlawful assembly, rioting after proclamation and rioters demolishing structures.