D-Day for Victim of Senegal-Gambia Arms Shipment Row
Monday, April 11, 2011
A man who became a victim of a recent diplomatic row between the neighboring Senegal and The Gambia will know his fate today, if the Banjul Magistrates’ Court delivers on its promise.
Mr Karamo Saidy Fatajo, a trader at Albert Market in Banjul is accused of conducting himself in a manner that could breach the peace.
Tensions had once again brewed between the neighboring Senegal and The Gambia following the seizure of alleged Gambia-bound controversial arms shipment by Nigerian authorities in Lagos seaport. The shipment was Iran, who is sanctioned by UN to deal in arms and ammunition.
Amid mounting allegations in Senegal that Gambia intends to use those weapons to sponsor independence seeking rebels of Casamance in Senegal, Gambia government responded by branding Senegalese president as enemy.
Although the issue was a topical one, Mr Fatajo, who allegedly told his colleague traders at the market that Senegal will attack Gambia following the allegations, was arrested and detained at the police headquarters in Banjul.
Mr Musa Babanding Ceesay, his trader friend admitted reporting him to the police for his alleged comments.
He first appeared in court on December 20, 2010 and was granted bail in the sum of D50, 000.
Three state witnesses had testified in the trial, but Mr Fatojo maintained innocence.
The three-month-long trial is expected to end today
Author: Binta A Bah