Melville Robertson Roberts,

Melville Robertson Roberts, a former director at the ministry of foreign affairs, has taken The Gambia government to the Ecowas court for depriving him of access to fair trial.
Melville was charged with rape two years ago when at least 5 women claimed he sexually assaulted them.

The case dragged on for months before a police investigation appeared to have cleared him but the justice ministry proceeded to charge him in absentia.

Writing on his Facebook, the embattled lawyer said: “I have on 4th November, 2021 brought an action before the Ecowas Court in Abuja against the Republic of The Gambia for what I believe to be gross violations of my fundamental human rights amongst other things including but not limited to the unlawful removal of large amounts of jewelries belong to my late mother including gold, silver, pearls, African beads and other precious ornaments by the Gambia police force.
I have unsuccessfully tried to get these items back for nearly 2 and a half years but it has been impossible as the items are nowhere to be found. As a lawyer, I have fought social media battles on social media and I will fight legal battles within the halls of justice; the courts.

Melville is claiming $500,000 in damages, while asking the court to demand government publish the police investigation report.

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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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