Fatoumata-Jahumpa Ceesay

A former speaker of the Gambia’s National Assembly was Friday granted court bail after pleading not guilty to witness tampering.

Fatoumata Jahumpa-Ceesay is accused of interfering with information or witnesses of the  country’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC).

Prosecutors alleged alleged that the former speaker had with intent to obstruct or interfere with the work of the TRRC, called Alagie Kanyi, a potential TRRC witness, through her mobile phone and told him that he should not mind the commission, which act suggests or amounts to interfering with the work of the commission in the discharge of its functions.

She was given a D1 million bail by Magistrate Mendy of the Kanifing Court.

The case continues.

Fatoumata Jahumpa-Ceesay is the second person to be charged with trying to tamper with the work of the TRRC which is looking into the rights abuses of the previous regime of President Yahya Jammeh.