former Gambian Minister charged with damaging waste pipes of Chinese Fishing Company

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A former Gambian Information Minister jailed during dictator Yahya Jammeh’s rule on charges of distributing t shirts—calling for an end to dictatorship, has been charged with damaging waste pipes belonging to a Chinese Fishing Company—Golden Lead. Dr. Amadou Scattered Janneh, a naturalized Gambian United States Citizen, was today charged in court in absentia, together with five other Gunjur environmentalists after been accused of “willful damage to private property and conspiracy to commit crime.” The former Information Minister is on a visit to the United States. He recently attended his son’s graduation ceremony.

Golden Lead, is a Chinese Fishing Company. It is operating a fishing factory along the coastal village of Gunjur. But residents of Gunjur have accused the Chinese company of environmental pollution. Environmentalists also accused Golden Lead of discharging toxic waste product into the sea—thereby allegedly killing Gambia’s ecosystem.

The Management of Golden Lead has rebuffed such claims. The company says it is operating in line with Gambia’s environmental safety regulations and standards.

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The Brikama magistrates court today heard that the following people allegedly vandalized the Golden Lead waste disposal pipes: Dr. Amadou Scattered Janneh, Alhagie Kaku Bojang, Lamin Jassey, Ousman Sanneh, Omar Darboe, and Foday Darboe. All the accused persons were in court with the exception of Dr. Amadou Scattered Janneh, who is currently said to be on a visit to the United States.

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The charges were read out in court to the accused persons, and they all pleaded not guilty. The accused persons were required to post a bail bond of D400,000, with two Gambian sureties.

The case resumes on June 12th.

Amadou Scattered Janneh is operating a pro democracy movement called–Coalition for Change Gambia. He was jailed for life imprisonment under Jammeh’s rule. Thanks to the intervention of the veteran US Civil Rights Activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, he was freed from jail. Mr. Jackson negotiated for his release from jail.


Mr. Janneh recently announced that he was going to form a political party. Though his party is yet to be officially launched.

From: Freedom Newspaper

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