Agents of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in Banjul are still keeping in their custody a prominent Gambian business tycoon. Alhagie Kebba Touray, who is reported to be sick and bed-ridden for six months, has been detained for 19 days, family sources told Kairo News.
Despite being allowed access to the Banjul-based businessman, Mr. Touray’s family is still searching for answers about the possible reasons for his arrest and subsequent detention. And to make matters worse, Mr. Touray is denied his constitutional right to be charged, brought before the law court within 72 hours or released from detention.
The case is not in isolation, as it happens at a time when hundreds of people – Gambians and non-Gambians – remain in detention for months and years without knowing why.
Alhagie Kebba Touray was arrested at his Tobacco Road home in Banjul on January 24th, 2015. Spy agents whisked him into their waiting van before escorting him to State House for a meeting whose details have not been made public. The NIA headquarters has become Mr. Touray’s final destination.
Mr. Touray had a brush with spy agents in 2009 when he was arrested and later released. This coincided with the arrest and detention of the former Army Chief of Defence Staff and others. He was released without charge.