By Mustapha Jallow

Lamin Sarjo, an apprentice who was arrested alongside UDP sympathizers has been released after 71 days in incommunicado detention without charge. He was not also accorded access to relatives, a family source revealed.

The wife of Malang, Mrs. Amie Badjie, has confirmed that the 18 year old boy has been finally freed and is presently united with his entire family. She added that her husband and the young man were on the highway continuing their work.

It would be recalled that the apprentice-Lamin Sarjo, was amongst 36 supporters who were arrested by the PIU around Kanifing on 9 May while en route to the Kombos from Banjul after attending a court trial of the UDP leader and 19 other members.

He was said to be a nephew and apprentice of Malang Sarjo, a commercial ‘gele gele’ driver, who was part of those UDP supporters who were released on bail on 30 June at the police headquarters in Banjul.

Lamin Cham, a youth leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), had in the past corroborated the information that the young man, had been moved to Mile two prison some days ago. He added that the 18 year old boy is not part of those who were arraigned before Justice O. Ottaba of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High court on Tuesday, 12 July 2016.

“It’s only Lamin Sarjo that is currently held incommunicado without trial. We are making effort to secure his release because his name was not part of the charge sheet and some others who were detained alongside him have been finally taken to court,” he asserted.