HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the conviction and prison sentence given a Maryland woman by a court in Gambia following her arrest at an anti-government protest (all times local):
Four members of Maryland’s congressional delegation say they’re outraged by the three-year prison sentence given by a court in Gambia to a Frederick woman after her arrest at an anti-government protest there.
Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski joined representatives Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney in issuing the statement Thursday, one day after Fanta Darboe Jawara’s trial concluded in the west African nation.
They say she did nothing wrong, and the trial makes a mockery of the rights afforded by the Gambian constitution. The officials, all Democrats, say they’ve contacted the State Department about a possible appeal.
The naturalized U.S. citizen was among 20 people arrested in April on charges including unlawful assembly during a demonstration near the capital city of Banjul. Amnesty International says 19 of the defendants were convicted and sentenced Wednesday
A Maryland man says his wife has been wrongfully sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in Gambia following her arrest during an anti-government protest there.
Ebrima Jawara (eh-BREE’-mah jah-WAH’-rah) of Frederick said Thursday he learned of the sentence from news reports and a relative in the west African nation.
Fanta Darboe Jawara, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was among a group of people arrested in April on charges including unlawful assembly during a demonstration near the capital, Banjul.
Her husband says she was a bystander at the demonstration while visiting her homeland.
Amnesty International says in a statement that 19 people arrested at the demonstration were convicted and sentenced to three years on Wednesday.
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and three other Maryland congressional members had demanded Fanta Darboe Jawara’s release last month.