Gambian Editor Behind Bar Over Political Defection

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musa sheriffThe Editor of a private Gambian newspaper has been arrested by police in Sere Kunda on Monday morning. Musa Sheriff who publishes The Voice Newspaper  chief was whisked away by the police who escorted him to Sanyang police station in Kombo South where he is being held. 

According to confirmed sources, Mr. Sheriff is held in connection to a story he published in December 2013.  Mr. Sheriff originally hailed from Liberia but has lived in the Gambia for more than two decades.

The police went after him for publishing a story on the defection of 19 youths from the ruling Alliance for Patriotic, Re-orientation and Construction to the main opposition United Democratic Party. The defector were paraded at a UDP youth conference in Tanji, Kombo South last month. The aftermath of the conference culminated in mass arrest of opposition youths. One of the opposition youth leaders, Ebrima Solo Sandeng, is fighting for his freedom in court.

Mr. Musa Sheriff is currently languishing in Sanyang police cells pending his arraignment in court. Though it is not clear when Mr. Sheriff will appear in court, our sources said the police are on the verge of charging him for publishing false news.