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Immediately release all political prisoners, US tells Gambia after detainee's death

Immediately release all political prisoners, US tells Gambia after detainee's death

Gambia

The United States of America has called on Gambia to immediately release all political prisoners after the reported death of another opposition member on Monday.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement on Monday night that it is deeply concerned by the death of the opposition member Ibrima Solo Krummah while in government custody.

“We remain troubled by reports of the Gambian government’s continued mistreatment of detained opposition figures, as evidenced by recent deaths and allegations of torture,” it added, calling for the humane treatment of all prisoners and the immediate release of all political prisoners.

Gambia’s main opposition party, the United Democratic Party (UDP) announced on Monday the death of its member, Solo Krummah, who was arrested with over a dozen others in May after a protest against the death of another party official in April while in custody.

According to the party, he died shortly after surgery for an undisclosed ailment at the Edward Francis’s Small Teaching Hospital in the capital, Banjul on August 20.

The government and hospital authorities have not yet released official statements on the circumstances surrounding the Solo Krummah’s death.

The leader of the UDP, Ousainou Darboe, and 30 others were sentenced in July to three years in prison on several charges including unlawful assembly.

Their conviction comes five months before Gambia’s presidential election on December 1 which is expected to go in favour of the head of state Yahya Jammeh.

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