Friday, June 22, 2012

Gambian editor detained over court analysis

Mr. Abdulhamid Adiamoh
Mr. Abdulhamid Adiamoh, the Managing Editor of Today, a privately-owned newspaper, has been detained over an article he authored titled “Counsel sidesteps issues in cross examination of UTG V.C. Professor Kah.”

Mr. Adiamoh, who was arrested on Wednesday, is being held by the police at their headquarters in Banjul. His detention followed a court order on Tuesday that “he be arrested and brought to court to explain why he should not be charged with contempt of court.”

A counsel for Dr. Ali Gumbo Touray, former Director of International Affairs at the University of The Gambia (UTG), who is being tried on “giving false information”, applied for the Banjul Magistrates’ Court to issue an arrest mandate for Mr. Adiamoh on June 20.

According to the counsel Mr. Badou S. Conteh, Mr. Adiamoh makes “anomalous reporting” on his client’s case in an article published on the paper’s front page Tuesday edition on June 19.

His application was granted by Magistrate Alagbe Taiwo Ade, presiding, who ordered for Mr. Adiamoh’s immediate arrest and brought to court on the next adjourn date of 28 June, 2012 “to explain why he should not be charged with contempt of court.”

The analytical article in question is critical of the defence counsel’s cross-examination of the UTG Vice Chancellor, and questioned Badou Conte’s qualification. 

However, Mr. Conteh argued in Court that the editor “Misconceived my cross examination and his report is out of context regarding my cross examination of the witness.” 

Source: The Voice

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