The government of United States of America on Monday welcomed the release of Imam Baba Leigh by authorities in The Gambia. A Muslim cleric, Leigh was detained by the West African country’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for more than five months.
Imam Baba Leigh is said to have been released on Friday 10th May 2013 by Gambian authorities after a presidential pardon.
According to media reports, a statement from the US Embassy in Banjul further called on the Gambia government to “act in accordance with its laws as well as its international obligations and to uphold its commitment to rule of law.”
Imam Baba Leigh was arrested and put under custody since December 2012 by the NIA. He remained incommunicado until his release and to date has not been charged under any court of law. His arrest and detention attracted lot of condemnations from human rights groups.
The European Union, British and US Governments all joined in the call for Imam Leigh’s release.