Gambia’s Chief Justice Removed

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Justice Mabel Yamoa Agyemeng

Justice Mabel Yamoa Agyemeng

President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has fired the country’s Chief Justice, barely six months after her appointment.

According to judicial sources, Ghanaian born Justice Mable Agyemang was sent packing from her office on Marina Parade, Banjul, this morning without any prior warning.

No reasons were given by President Jammeh for her removal.

Justice Agyemang was appointed to the top job in July 2013, succeeding Nigerian born Justice Joseph Wowo who was fired barely a month after his appointment and later sentenced to two years in jail for corruption and abuse of office.

Prior to her appointment, Justice Agyemang was an Appeal Court judge and was on secondment at the Gambian Court of Appeal.

The mother of two who graduated from the Ghanaian Law School and was called to Bar in 1987 and the Bench soon after, has served in the judiciaries of Ghana, Gambia and Swaziland.

She began working for the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2004, first being sent to the Gambia where she spent four years as a high court judge and then to Swaziland in a similar capacity

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