Momodou Sowe Released on Bail After 2 years in Detention without Trial

By Mamadou Dem
Mr. Momodou Sowe, a former protocol officer at State House, who hasMomodou Sowe
been detained at the State Central Prison Mile II for more than two
years without trial, yesterday, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 re-united
with his family as he was granted bail at the Police Headquarters in
Banjul.Mrs. Aminata Sowe and the father accompanied by other relatives were
in Banjul to welcome their loved one.
Prior to his release, Mr. Sowe’s attorney, Sagarr Jahateh, filed a
suit to secure his release on behalf of his wife at the High Court of
the Gambia.
Mr. Sowe was finally released on bail upon provision of a Gambian
surety who deposited a title deed with the Prosecution Unit of the
Gambia Police Force.
However, it is not clear to this paper as to whether he has been
charged with any criminal offence.
The substantive matter has never been dealt with. On the 16th of July
last year when the case was called for the very first time, she
objected to the DPP’s appearance in the case as he can only appear in
criminal cases while what was before the court was a miscellaneous
application which was civil in nature dealing with fundamental rights.
However, Justice Simeon Abi of the High Court in Banjul ruled in
December last year that the DPP indeed can appear in this case.