WHEN WILL THE DETAINEES AND POLITICAL PRISONERS BE RELEASED?

QUESTION OF THE DAY

WHEN WILL THE DETAINEES AND POLITICAL PRISONERS BE RELEASED?

Will President Jammeh order the release of detainees and political prisoners or will he leave that task to the president elect? Soon after the election of Mr Adama Barrow, concerned relatives have approached Foroyaa to find out when their loved ones will be released.

They were told that President Jammeh is still the President of The Gambia and will continue to be so until he hands over when his term expires on 19 January. He can order the conditional or unconditional release of all the detainees who have been unlawfully detained as they have been held for more than 72 hours. In a similar vein he can use his constitutional powers under section 82 to release political prisoners.

If President Jammeh fails to do so then they will have to wait till the president elect assumes office in January when he will then have the power to do so.