Gambia court frees lawyer, 18 others on bail


A Gambian court freed a prominent lawyer and 18 supporters on bail on pending an appeal of their jail sentence for “unlawful assembly”, in a sign that President Yahya Jammeh’s shock election defeat last week will end years of repression.

A Reuters witness was present for the decision to release Ousainou Darboe along with other senior members of the United Democratic Party (UDP), who had been jailed for three years for taking part in a small protest near the capital Banjul.