The Gambia : Charged US based journalist’s file found

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The Banjul Magistrate’s has found the case file of journalist Fatou Jaw Manneh, who is being tried for sedition, reliable sources said on Monday. The file had been reported missing from Kanifing Magistrate’s Court and the sources said the file had already been sent back to that Court. The sources added that 16 April had also been set for the trial to resume after months of delay and transfer from one court to another. Magistrate Buba Jawo adjourned the matter indefinitely after the file was reported missing in court on 17 March. Journalist Fatou Jaw Manneh has been standing trial on different charges of sedition since April last year. Only two witnesses have so far testified in the case . The case was moved from Kanifing to Banjul, Brikama, but the trial never took place there. Later it was moved to the High Court and then back to Kanifing court. US-based Gambian freelance journalist Fatou Jaw Manneh was arrested and detained on her arrival in the Gambia in March 2007. She is on trial for sedition for writing articles critical of the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and faces a heavy prison sentence if convicted. Panapress.

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