A high court in Banjul has ruled that the arrest and detention of Neneh Freda Gomez, the country coordinator of Home Of Medical Missions (HOMM), Gilbert Manga, a Fatu Network cameraman and Lamin Sey was unlawful ordering for their unconditional release of the allegations.

The judge, B.A Bakri also ordered the respondents, the Attorney General, Landing Bojang, Inspector General of Police, Hamadi Bah and Amodu Drammeh to pay a compensation of D100,000 to Nenneh, Manga and Sey.

A cost of D20,000 has also been awarded as cost of the action against the respondents’.

The applicants filed a suit at the high court complex at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court that the actions of the respondents were unlawful and unconstitutional asking the court to make an ordered for them to be compensated one million dalasi. They also alleged that they were forcefully taken against their wish and kept at the police station first at Senegambia and later detained at Kairaba police from 11am till 7pm because they sought to protect the property allegedly belonging to them.

Delivering his ruling, the judge held that he have no hesitation in granting the request sought by the applicants.

“The arrest of Nenneh Freda Gomez, Gilbert Manga and Lamin Sey initiated/caused by the respondents on Monday 11th October, 2021 at Bijilo is unlawful and inconsistent with and /or contravention of the Constitution of The Gambia,” he said.

Nenneh Freda Gomez is the country co-ordinator of Home of Medical Mission, a trustee for global HOMM, a non-governmental humanitarian organization with its head office located in Virginia in the United States

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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