The United Democratic Party chapter in the United States of America damned the conviction of the party’s media officer. Lasana Jobarteh was la.ukst week convicted and fined D50,000 by a rookie Magistrate Isatou Janneh.
Read below a statement issued by the UDP-USA.
The UDP USA condemns in the strongest terms the vile and unjust judgment rendered by Magistrate Isatou Janneh on the 10th of July 2014 convicting Mr. Lasana Jobarteh to a fine of D50, 000 or a one year prison term, on the patently bogus charge of using Skype to facilitate overseas Gambians to listen in on a legal political rally jointly organized by the UDP, PPP and GMC. To convict an innocent man on a manufactured charge with no basis in Gambian law in the Holy month of Ramadan is testament to the pervasive judicial tyranny our citizens are living under. People like the cruel Isatou Janneh who was assigned to this case only three weeks after she was called to the bar, are eager and willing to violate their faith, judicial ethics, basic decency and pervert the law to exert revenge for an evil tyrant.
Lasana, son of Fansainey and Alabatou Jobarteh is the quintessential patriot, selfless, courageous and always willing to uphold the values we the Gambian people cherish.
We respectfully ask every Gambian who understands the existential threat our nation and people face to stand in solidarity with Lasana in his battle with the forces of terror and repression. You can help with your prayers both for him and the other victims, call him directly, contact him via face book and for those of you who can contribute to his solidarity fund which has been set up to address his legal issues. The following people are coordinating the US fund drive: Mrs. Maimuna Ceesay tel (917) 519-9835, Mr. Mboge Saidykhan tel (206) 551-5703, and Mr. Lamin Tunkara tel (919)757-9469.