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Prominent imam detained in Gambia

2012-12-13 10:56

Banjul - Activists in Gambia say the prolonged detention of a Muslim cleric is sparking outrage.

Imam Baba Leigh was arrested early on Monday.

Omar Jallow, leader of the People's Progressive Party, told The Associated Press on Wednesday the imam isn't being allowed visitors or food while in custody.

Gambian authorities didn't immediately comment on the allegations.

The imam has spoken out on a number of human rights issues, including female genital cutting and a series of executions carried out in August.

Abdulai Jobe, secretary general of Sene-Gambia Human Rights Defence League, believes the cleric's arrest has to do with his denunciation of the recent executions of nine death row inmates.