Gambia frees Muslim cleric after 5 months

2013-05-11 18:49
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Banjul - The Gambian government says that it has released a Muslim cleric who had been in detention for five months.

The state Gambia Radio Television Services announced late on Friday that Imam Baba Leigh was released by the National Intelligence Agency.

The outspoken Imam was taken away by plainclothes officers on 3 December 2012. Media reports linked his arrest with comments he made in August 2012 in which he described the executions of nine people carried out by the government as "un-Islamic".

President Yahya Jammeh's government faced mounting pressure from the international community as the Muslim cleric was regarded a prisoner of conscience by many human rights organisations.

The United States and British governments called on Gambian authorities to release him.

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