Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gambia ALERT: Newspaper journalist detained briefly by police

May 13, 2011

Baba Sillah (Pix-Daily News)
Baba Sillah, a judicial correspondent of privately-owned Banjul-based The Daily News newspaper was on May 9, 2011 arrested and detained for about half an hour at the police headquarters in Banjul.
Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)’s sources reported that Sillah was arrested at the police station whilst investigating the detention of four officers of the country’s National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) who had allegedly tortured a drug suspect, Cherno Alieu Suwareh, leading to his death.

The sources said Sillah was released after the police officers tore the cover of his notebook on which he had written the names of the detained officers.
The suspect was allegedly tortured by the officers during the interrogation. Source - MFWA


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