Monday, March 18, 2013

Sedition hearing for editor of pro-government daily: Tuesday


Alagie Jobe denied all six charges and was not represented by a counsel on his first appearance before the lower court (Photo Source: Uknown)
The criminal trial against Alagie Jobe, a deputy editor-in-chief of the pro-government Daily Observer, who is charged with sedition, is set for hearing on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Mr Jobe, who was arraigned before the Kanifing Magistrates Court last Tuesday, is facing multiple charges of “sedition”, “false publication” and “forgery” over a story about an alleged fugitive soldier, which police prosecutors claim to be false.

He is also facing charges of “making documents without authority” and “giving false information to a public officer”.

He denied all six charges and was not represented by a counsel on his first appearance before the lower court, which ordered for his remand at the country’s maximum security wing, the Mile 2 Central Prison, in the outskirts of the Gambian capital.

Editor Jobe, has been in detention at the headquarters of the country’s secret police, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in Banjul since his arrest on February 7, 2013.

On March 12, local journalists who saw Mr Jobe told Front Page International (FPI) the journalist appeared “very weak” in court.

Read full story on Front Page International (FPI)

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