Gambia Appeal Court Refuses Bail for Opposition Leader Darboe

The Gambia Court of Appeal denied bail to opposition leader Ousainou Darboe and 19 others, upholding a ruling that they should remain in custody while on trial for charges related to their participation in a protest.

Ousainou Darboe
Ousainou Darboe
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Darboe, 67, and members of his United Democratic Party have been refused bail since their arrest in April following a protest march in which they demanded electoral reform. They are standing trial for seven counts of criminal offenses including unlawful assembly, rioting and incitement of violence, holding a procession without a police permit and disobeying orders to disperse.

In their finding, the three appeal judges said that Darboe and his co-accused offered no evidence for their claims that the High Court in Banjul, the capital, was biased when it refused their application for bail.

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