Abdoulie G. Dibba Today Friday 10th April 2015 marks 40 days of Haruna Gassama’s arrestHarona and detention. Haruna Gassama, the current President of the Central River Rice Farmers’ Cooperative Ltd who was arrested since on Monday 2nd March 2015 at Brikamaba in the Lower Fulladou District Central River RegionSouth of the Republic of the Gambia, has now spent 40 days in detention at the National Intelligence Agency Headquarter in Banjul. Haruna was arrested on the day the staff of the Sheriff Division were in  the Lower Fulladu District executing the order of the Judgment delivered by Justice Penda Dibba on the 12th of January 2015 in favour of the plaintiff (Haruna Gassama )and his committee members in which she ordered the defendants Alhagi Musa Gimbo Trawally and his committee to forthwith hand over the affairs and assets of the Rice Farmers Cooperative Society LTD to the duly elected Executive of the Rice Farmers Cooperative Society LTD headed by Haruna Gassama and his committee. A family source informs this reporter that their loved one is still detained at the NIA Office in Banjul but they are yet to have access to him. Editor’s Note:- Section 19 subsection (3)(b) categorically states that “Any person who is arrested or detained , upon reasonable suspicion of his or her having committed, or being about to commit a criminal offence under the laws of The Gambia, and who is not released, shall be brought without undue delay before a  court and, in any event, within seventy-two hours”. The adage of the Legal profession dictates that justice delayed is justice denied but may it be added that unconstitutional pre-trial detention is impunity!]]>

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