Gambia press focus on illegal detentions, President Jammeh's UN trip [Agence de Presse Africaine]
(Agence de Presse Africaine Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The big headline in Foroyaa newspaper on Friday was the detention of people beyond the legal limit of 72 hours while two other leading dailies gave prominence to the activities of Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh at the UN General Assembly in New York.Foroyaa newspaper carries three stories of different people said to have been detained more than three days without being brought to trial in violation of the country's constitution.
The paper said Mr Kemo Ceesay of the Ministry of Energy has been under detention since Wednesday 18th September 2013 by personnel of the National Intelligence Agency who took him to their headquarters in Banjul. The reason for Kemo's arrest, a day returning from Guinea Bissau remains unknown.
In another story, Foroyaa newspaper said Ms Fatou Camara, the former Director of Press at State House and a news reader at national television is still under arrest since her return from Dakar, Senegal last week.
The paper observed that in both cases the 72 hours deadline provided by law had elapsed.
Family members of Ms Camara according to Foroyaa say that they are not in touch with her nor do they have any knowledge of her whereabouts since her detention.
In a separate story, the same paper said the managing director of The Gambia Telecommunications Company (GAMTEL), who was arrested on 16th September, 2013 by personnel of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), is still under detention.
According to a family source, Mr. Sanyang's whereabouts still remained unknown and that he is still not at home.
Meanwhile, the pro-government Daily Observer displayed on its front page the caption President Jammeh calls for durable solution to Sahelian crisis in which it quoted the Gambian leader calling for a durable solution to the crisis gripping the Sahel region, while renewing his call for a decade of peace and reconciliation in Africa.
The president was addressing a multitude of high-ranking politicians and development partners Thursday during the opening of a high-level meeting on Sahel, organised on the fringes of the ongoing 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The privately owned Point newspaper reported on President Jammeh's expected address to the UNGA on Friday.
Jammeh is among more than 130 heads of state and government attending the UN General Assembly session in New York.
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