The deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Daily News spent last weekend in remand at the country’s Central Prison, Mile 2, at the outskirts of Banjul, the capital.
Lamin Njie, who doubles as assistant Secretary General of GPU was arrested Friday morning at the premises of the High Court in Banjul, in the wake of an arrest warrant issued against him by Justice Emmanuel Nkea.
The Daily News understands that the Cameroonian-born judge was displeased with what he called ‘a false story’ authored by Editor Njie on the bail of ex-officials of the Gambia Revenue Authority charged with economic crime.
Justice Nkea was not detailed about what was false in the story, though Njie is today expected to appear before him to explain, as the judge demands: “Why he should not be charged with contempt of court?”
In a separate but related development, the Managing Editor of TODAY, a privately-owned newspaper, has been under detention since Wednesday June 20.
AbdulhamidAdiamoh has been detained over a story which appeared on his paper on Tuesday headlined: Counsel sidesteps issues in cross-examination of UTG V.C. Professor Kah.”
In the said story, the counsel for Gumbo Ali Touray, former top UTG official on trial for allegedly lying against Professor Kah, claimed that Adiamoh attacked him for defending his client.
“The editor misconceived my cross-examination and his report is out of context…” Badou Conteh lamented.
This prompted the presiding magistrate, AlagbeTaiwo Ade, to order for journalist Adiamoh’s immediate arrest.
MrAdiamoh was briefly detained at police headquarters in Banjul before he was transferred to the remand wing of Mile 2. He is expected to be taken to court “to explain why he should not be charged with contempt of court’ on the next adjourned date of 28 June, 2012.