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Charges against newspaper publisher Halifa Sallah dropped

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 26 March 2009, Lamin Camara, lawyer of Halifa Sallah, publisher of the pro-opposition Banjul-based "Foroyaa Newspaper", withdrew an application he filed at the Banjul High Court challenging the outrageous bail conditions imposed on his client by the Brikama magistrate court.

Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) sources reported that the withdrawal of the application followed the state prosecutor's decision to drop all charges against Sallah "in the interest of peace and justice."

The Brikama Magistrate Court presided over by Kayode Olajubutu granted Sallah bail on 11 March under very absurd conditions. The conditions included three sureties who were impossible to find. According to the court, two of the sureties must be a former inspector general of police and an army officer not below the rank of brigadier. The two high-ranking security officers must have been on retirement for a period of no less than eight years. The third must be a traditional chief within the jurisdiction of Brikama.

Updates the Sallah case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/101748

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