WHY IS OMAR JABANG STILL IN CUSTODY?

Some people claim that Omar Jabang was seen supporting Dr. Isatou Touray during her bid to be a presidential candidate. He is said to have later joined her to support the coalition. They are therefore wondering whether his abduction has any link to his political affiliation. The State has to explain.

The law is clear. Any arrested person should be taken before a court within 72 hours and charged or be released. To fail to do so is to be guilty of unlawful arrest and detention.

The allegation of politically motivated arrest requires immediate investigation into the cause of arrest. In the meantime, family members should not hesitate to take court action to ensure that the high court orders for his release. This will enable human rights defenders to intensify their efforts to facilitate his release.