To keep a human being under detention without charging him for any crime is to transform him or her into a hostage. A state is a very powerful instrument. A person who exercises direction and control over such a powerful instrument should be guided by the dictates of just laws and conscience.
Section 19 of the constitution forbids detention without trial and commands that a person who is detained must be charged and taken before a court within 72 hours or be released.
To detain a person is to make him or her a liability to others.In many cases the family members are drawn into a state of trauma. None would be able to rest. Children often shoulder the hardship.
Foroyaa had thought that with the mass release of prisoners, the state would start from scratch by releasing all detainees, putting an end to the detention of people, releasing the likes of Amadou Sanneh and the withdrawal of charges against people like Momodou Sabally and Lamin Waa Juwara, among others.
We are still trying to make sense of the duplicity in policy. We hope the conduct of the state would put an end to the duplicity.