All laws assigning criminal penalties to defamation contradict guarantees of press freedom enshrined in Zimbabwe’s constitution, a panel of nine judges led by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku ruled on Wednesday. Continue reading
By Modou S. Joof
A lower court in Banjul, Gambia‘s capital, has sent to jail Mr. Sait Matty Jaw, a blogger and an administrator at the government-owned University, over allegations of “conspiracy”, “failure to register a business”, and “disobeying statutory duty”.
FPI understands the charges stem from a research on “good governance and corruption” that he and two others: a Ghanian, Seth Yaw Kandeh and, a Nigerian, Olufemi Erinle Titus were involved. They’ve all denied the charges but have been remanded.
On Wednesday, the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, also called BMC, heard from a State lawyer, Abdourahman Bah, that the three had in October 2014 conspired to commit an offence by “operating and carrying out business without registration”. Continue reading
“Jobarteh recklessly caused monetary loss to The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), a public body, by constituting a taskforce which re-assessed and reviewed downward the tax liability of several tax defaulters as found by the Tax Commission,” State prosecutors alleged.
“Being the attorney general and minister of justice, he falsely informed the Office of the President [Yahya Jammeh] that over D200 million had been recovered from the tax defaulters and deposited into the GRA account at GTBank,” they claim.
Also, Prosecutors accused Mr Jobarteh of informing GRA’s commissioner general that there was a cabinet approval to establish a taskforce to re-assess the tax liability of defaulters as shown in the Tax Commission’s report, knowing such information to be false.
The embattled Mr Jobarteh is currently serving a two-year jail term after he, Dr Njogu Bah, a former Secretary General and Presidential Affairs Minister and Pa Harry Jammeh, a former Solicitor General and Legal Secretary were convicted of abuse of office and other related offences in 2013. Continue reading
The police in Banjul have failed to convince a Magistrate Court in Brikama, 39 kilometers south-east of the capital, that Ebrima Solo Sandeng, a Youth Secretary General of the opposition United Democratic Party, has given false information to a public servant.
Mr Sandeng was acquitted and discharged on Monday March 17 by Principal Magistrate Dayoh Small on grounds that the prosecution did not establish the facts on the alleged false information charge.
The trial of two journalists in The Gambia has failed to proceed on March 13, 2014 because the Magistrate, Lamin Mbye, is sick, according to the Court.
Musa S. Sheriff, the Editor-In-Chief of The Voice newspaper and Sainey MK Marenah, a freelance journalist, have pleaded not guilty to charges of “conspiracy to commit a misdemeanour” and “false publication” brought against them by the police.
In the last session of February 19, the Magistrate Court in Banjul admitted as evidence a copy of The Voice newspaper which bears the political defections article “19 Green Youths joins opposition UDP” as Exhibit A. Continue reading
The police in Banjul, the Gambian capital, have made changes on Thursday to charges brought against two journalists.
The Editor-In-Chief of The Voice newspaper Musa S. Sheriff and freelance journalist Sainey MK Marenah earlier denied charges of “conspiracy to commit felony” and “publication of false news”.
On February 13, 2014, the prosecution amended the charges to “conspiracy to commit a misdemeanour” and “false publication”. The journalists have maintained their not guilty plea. Continue reading