The detained Caliph General of the Sheriff caliphate in Dasilameh Sangajor in Foni Kansala in Western Region has been released on bail Friday afternoon. A huge entourage of talibes, family membets and well-wishers escorted the God-fearing Cleric home.
Sheriff Muhidein Hydara, who succeeded his elder brother to the throne in 2009, was released on a D100, 000 bail bond, family sources confirmed to Kairo News. He was neither charged, nor arraigned in court. The Caliph was asked to report to police on Monday.
Sheriff Hydara’s arrest and subsequent detention occurred on Tuesday after he had led Dasilameh Muslim community for the 2014 Eid-ul-fitr prayers. Interestinly, the Gambia government refused to accept responsibility for the arrest, although the police arrested and detained the Dasilameh Caliph General. Even the police chief Yankuba Sonko did want to take responsibility because the order to arrest came from the Interior Minister.
After spending a night in Sibanor and Yundum Police Stations, the respected Spiritual Leader was escorted to the Inspector General’s office where he had face-to-face discussion with Supreme Islam Council executive. The Council members, who included Alhagie Lamin Touray and Imam Alhagie Abdoulie Fatty of State House, took responsibility for the arrest. Apart from blaming the Caliph for deifying the Presidential edit (fatwa), the embattled clerics wanted Muhidein to appear before the television camera and seek forgiveness. The Caliph remained defiant, insisting that he was only exercising his religious obligation and that he fears only Allah.
The Caliph General’s illegal arrest and detention had attracted solidarity from the Sheriff caliphates in Casamance, Dakar and Guinea-Bissau whose entourage of more than 15 fleet of cars stayed with him until his release. Muhidein led the Friday prayers in Yundum Police shortly before his release.