The Gambia NEWSFLASH: Court orders The Gambia to immediately release
journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh

 In a landmark decision delivered on June 5, 2008, The Community Court of
Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja,
Nigeria declared the arrest and detention of Chief Ebrima Manneh illegal and
ordered the Gambian authorities to immediately release him.

 The court also awarded damages in the sum of US$ 100,000 in favour of Manneh
against the Gambian Government.

The regime of President Yahya Jammeh has consistently denied any knowledge
of the whereabouts of the journalist, and has demonstrated gross disrespect
for the ECOWAS court by refusing to cooperate throughout the proceedings.

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) welcomes this decision by the ECOWAS
court. We therefore call on The Gambia to respect and enforce the judgment
in accordance with laid down procedures.


The suit was filed before the regional court on behalf of Chief Manneh by

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