Embattled GRTS Journalist Fatou Camara Freed On Bail

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Fatou Camara State HouseThe Gambia’s popular prime-time TV show host has been freed on bail. Fatou Camara spent 25 days in illegal detention without trial. She was kept at the National Intelligence Agency headquarters in Banjul.

Fatou was arraigned in before Magistrate Lamin Mbai of the Banjul Magistrate’s Court on Friday. She was charged with spreading and publication of false news.

The state accused Mrs. Camara of tarnishing the image of President Yahya Jammeh on Freedom Newspaper.  The former Director of Press and Public Relations at State House was also accused of ‘‘giving false news through the internet to Pa Nderry Mbai, editor-in-chief of the Freedom Newspaper.’’

After maintaining her innocence against all the charges, Fatou was granted bail in the amount of D5 million Dalasis. The bail bond also includes a Gambian surety who should provide a title deed to a property situated in the Greater Banjul Area.

Fatou’s lawyer, Edward Singhateh, had earlier made application to consult his client.

Fatou Camara’s case file was earlier sent to the NIA for security review.

Her court appearance resulted after the Gambia Press Union filed habeas corpus at the High Court in Banjul. Declaring Fatou’s continuous detention illegal, the union’s writ demanded the TV show host to either appear before a judge or be released.

Fatou Camara returns to the dock on Monday 28th October 2013.

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