After spending 10 days in illegal detention, a month’s old Gambian baby is going home. Baby Aisha had been in detention since the arrest of breast-feeding mother Khaddy Samateh exactly 10 days ago. She was picked up along with other peaceful opposition protesters at Kanifing on May 9th. Khaddy joined the crowd to protest against her husband’s detention.
Unlike Justice O. Otaba of High Court who denied peaceful protesters bail, Kanifing Magistrate Hillary Abeke granted the May 9th women protesters the right to be with their families.
Among the women granted bail include Sukai Database nicknamed Gambia’s Winnie Mandela and Lily Bojang, the Chairwoman of United Democratic Party in Brufut. Lily is currently admitted in hospital.
Gambians accorded detained protesters with cheers, singing and clapping outside the court. Activists hailed the court’s decision as a first victory in the fight to liberate the Gambia from the clutches of entrenched dictatorship. Some said it is a sign that the mounting pressure on the Jammeh regime to stop meddling into dispensation is paying off.