The Gambia Alert: Man detained, charged with giving false information

Lamin Camara, a native of Banyika village in Kombo South district in the West Coast Region, has been charged with one count of giving false information to a public officer.

According to the MFWA’s sources, Camara on July 14, 2014, appeared before the Brikama Magistrates Court where a police officer testified in the case.

Lamin Singhateh, a police officer attached to Tujereng Police Station, in his testimony, said on June 7, while on duty at the Tujereng Police Station
he received a telephone call (through his station officer) from Camara informing him that one Omar Kalla Bojang from Brufut, (a village near Banyiaka) was at Banyiaka demolishing people’s houses and throwing their properties out.

Singhateh told the court that upon receiving this information, he, together with four other colleagues and one fireman went to the village. Upon their
arrival at Banyika, they found the said Omar Kalla Bojang and Camara in a midst of people. When they requested for Camara to identify the demolished
houses and the thrown-out property, he failed to do so.

He was subsequently arrested and detained until his first appearance in court on July 8. Camara, who was without legal representation, denied the charge and was granted a court bail of Dalasi 10,000 (about 250 United States dollars) with a Gambian surety.

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