SEEDY JAITEH STILL HELD INCOMMUNICADO AT MILE 2 Detained without trial for 526 days

By Mustapha Jallow

Mr. Seedy Jaiteh, a former Human Resource Director of Gamtel/Gamcel, is still detained Mile Two prisonincommunicado 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), on 27 August 2014 almost eighteen months ago and subsequently detained until this day without access to his 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 this lasted for only few days.

“Since the 3 September 2014 the family members have been denied access to him,” added the source.

Family members who were highly optimistic that Mr. Jaiteh would be among those released by the President, as part of his mass pardoning of convicted prisoners and release of detainees were disappointed that their loved one would not after all reunite 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 havare subjected to since his arrest and detention.