Excessive bail conditions could make an innocent person experience
imprisonment before being found innocent. The courts are given the
constitutional role to enforce the freedoms and rights granted underthe 1997 constitution. Hence the courts are to uphold the principle of
presuming innocence until guilt is proven.
Foroyaa is still studying why bail conditions amounting to Millions
would be appropriate for offences where one is ordered, upon
conviction, to pay a sum of 50,000 dalasis .
Judges and magistrates are the ambassadors of justice. In granting
bail conditions, they should not lose sight of the weight of the crime
In our view, those presiding over court proceedings should examine
what penalties could be imposed before establishing bail conditions.
To establish excessive and unreasonable bail conditions is to condone
judicial impunity.
The Gambia needs to get its acts together and put an end to impunity
in all sectors of society.
Detaining a person without trial for months and years is a practice
which is affronting the national conscience. How could anybody condemn
colonialism and slavery and still ignore reports of innocent people
being detained without charge. Why did African countries become
independent if their people are to be treated like nonentities in
their own countries? Practice should speak the language of precepts if
African leaders are to have the integrity to defend the interest of
the African people in the world. Those leaders who could show how the
rights and liberties of their peoples are defended in their own
homeland are the ones who are competent to speak for the African
people on the global stage.