The detained ex-deputy minister for foreign affairs is to be released from custody according to a high court ruling. Mr Momodou Sarjo Jallow who was an envoy at the African Union in Ethopia and later deployed back to Gambia as deputy minister of foreign affairs was abducted shortly after taking over his new position. He was said to be arrested by officials of the Gambia’s spy agency NIA and was kept incommunicado for one month without any charges.
After making frantic efforts to trace their loved one the family of the Ex-deputy minister decided to file for an application at the high court in Banjul for the state to produce or release him. The high court presided over by Justice O. Ottaba of the Special Criminal Division ruled for Mr. Jallow to be released from custody. Despite not being charged with any crime or presented before a court of law he was given a bail bond of 200 thousand dalasis with two Gambian sureties, with title deeds.
In his ruling on Monday October 17th Justice Ottaba recalled that the application was filed under section 19 of the constitution and section 99 of the Criminal Procedure Code. He said according to the affidavit, the applicant since his arrest has been held incommunicado and denied access to family and has not been charged or arraigned before a court of law. The reason for Mr.M.Sarjo Jallow’s arrest was not known and after his arrest on September 2nd he has not been released conditionally or unconditionally.
According to reliable sources the ruling took place in court room packed full and everyone including journalists except the public prosecutor were in a jubilation mood. Mr. Jallow is requested to tender his travel document upon release and is expected to unite with his family and loved ones in Gambia by latest tomorrow. The ex-deputy minister’s application for release was filed with the legal service of Lawyer A.A.B. Gaye.