Gambia opposition leader, protesters charged

Protesters on April 16, 2016 in Banjul, Gambia following the death of a senior figure in Gambia's main oppositionA Gambian court has charged opposition activists with rioting, illegal protest and incitement to violence for organising a demonstration over the death in detention of a party member last week. Eighteen activists including United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Ousainou Darboe were charged with six different offences on Wednesday and will be kept in custody until their bail hearing due next week at Banjul’s High Court. The defendants were arrested on Saturday after around 150 supporters held a peaceful march to call for justice in the case of UDP organising secretary Solo Sandeng, who died in custody after leading an earlier protest.

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