By Mustapha Jallow
Thursday, 27 August 2015, will mark exactly one year since Mr. Seedy Jaiteh, a former Human Resource Director of Gamtel/Gamcel, was picked up and later held incommunicado in the state central prison at Mile Two outside the capital city of Banjul.Mr. Jaiteh, who is being detained in contravention of section 19 of the Gambian Constitution, has not been taken before a court, according to a family source.
This father of one was reportedly picked up at his home in Manjai Kunda, apparently by operatives of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), almost a year ago and subsequently detained until this day without access to family, friends and relatives.
The source explained that immediately after Mr. Jaiteh was abducted and whisked away in a numberless vehicle with tinted glasses, the family went searching for him at the different known detention centres such as the NIA, Police Headquarters, NDEA Holgam centre at Kanifing South and other police stations but in vain. He said their loved one was finally traced at the NIA in Banjul where they were initially allowed to be taking food to him but which lasted for only few days.
“Since the 3 September 2014 the family members have been denied access to him,” added the source.
It is also revealed that the family was highly optimistic that Mr. Jaiteh would be among those to be released by the President, as part of his mass pardon of convicted prisoners, but were disappointed that their loved was not after all reuniting with his family.
The source further indicated that the family is still appealing to the president to intervene and secure the release of Mr. Jaiteh in order to help end the trauma they have been subjected to since his arrest and detention.