32 Gambians Expected in Court!
By Landing Badjie,Our National Correspondent

About 32 Gambian nationals from various parts of the country are expected to
appear before a magistrates’ court for attempting to escape the country’s
worsening economic conditions.
The 32 Gambians were arrested by the police on the beaches of Bakau for
allegedly attempting to travel to the European Union through the Canary
Islands.
They were earlier this month remanded at the State Central Prisons in Banjul
when they were denied court bail. But a magistrates’ court late last week
granted each of the men a D1000 court bail following eloquent arguments by
their counsels that the suspects are all Gambians and that they were
entitled to court bail.
Counsels Edu Gomez and Mai Fatty, representing the suspects on humanitarian
grounds, argued that their clients were entitled to court bail because they
are Gambians with relatives in the country.
They were consequently granted bail but would return to Bundung Magistrates’
Court on 4 April 2007, for the continuation of their trial on charges of
felony and misdemeanour.
Illegal migration is one of the nerve-wracking issues confronting the Gambia
authorities today. Many able-bodied Gambian youths have late last year and
this year alone lost their lives in high seas,blazing deserts and dangerous
jungles in their hope for a better life in the West.
The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, hugely attracted the admiration of many
Gambian youths when he confidently said in his pre-presidential election
campaign speech that ‘people would continue to migrate to the West even it
[West] is barricaded with electrified walls’. But it doesn’t take too long
for the Gambian leader to incur the wrath of those who earlier hailed him as
a president of the youths. Barely a month after his ‘popular’ announcement,
President Jammeh’s government signed a bilateral agreement with the Spanish
authorities, leading to the deportation of hundreds of Gambians who were
able to make it to Spain in return for a cash reward for his government.
Whatever the case may be, illegal migration would continue to be an issue
for the next years to come so long the present economic, social and
political realities persists.

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 (Archive on Friday, March 30, 2007)
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