Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Court to order Government to pay damages for unlawful detention of youths

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Justice Aminata Saho-Ceesay of the Banjul High Court has asked the representatives of the Legal Aid and the State to agree on a fee that the Government should pay seven youths for unlawfully detaining them at Mile II.

These youths were detained at Mile II five to six months ago and Lawyer A.K. Ceesay from the National Agency for Legal Aid (NALA) made an application for the court to award D500,000 (five hundred thousand dalasis) as damages to each of them.

Lawyer K. Tah for the Attorney General said they are conceding to the application of Lawyer A.K. Ceesay that these people were unlawfully detained.

The trial judge told the State lawyer that “gone are the days when people would be detained unlawfully. You have to pay damages for keeping them there.”

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“We are no more in the era of unlawful detention,” the trial judge said.

The matter was stood down for the two parties to agree on a fee, but the matter couldn’t come up because of the 3 Years Jotna case consumed the remainder of the court’s time.
Foroyaa will follow the case and keep you informed about the matter.

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