Police file new Charges against Detained Neneh Freda Gomez & Co

Neneh Freda Gomez

Barely 72 hours after their re-arrest and detention, Police in Banjul have pressed new indictments against Ms  Nenneh Freda Gomez,  the country co-ordinator of Home of Medical Mission with Lamin Sey, a staff of the same company.

This is the second time in police custody following their initial arrest at the same property allegedly belonging to global HOMM, a non-governmental humanitarian organization.

Police have now charged both Neneh and Lamin Sey with three counts of  Idle and disorderly conduct,  Criminal trespass and Obstructing a police officer and they are expected to be arraigned before a lower court in Brusubi.

The arrest and detention of Neneh, who is also the spokesperson of Citizens Alliance has been widely condemned by some section of Gambian community with human rights activists and civil society leaders calling for her unconditional release from police detention.

Last week A high court in Banjul ruled that their previous  arrest and detention was unlawful and ordered their unconditional release.

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 over the actions of the respondents which they deemed unlawful and unconstitutional and asked the court to make an order for  compensation of one million dalasi.

They also alleged that they were forcefully taken against their wish and kept at the police station at Senegambia and were later detained at the Kairaba police from 11am till 7pm because they sought to protect the property allegedly belonging to them.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
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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