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Courts remands popular artist Killa Ace, 36 others in custody

Killa Ace, a rap activist, is one of the 37 youths who were charged with willful damage, arson among others. They are currently at Mile 2

A popular Gambian musician and activist, Killa Ace, has been remanded in custody by the Kanifing Magistrate Court in connection to July protest. Protest erupt in Serrekunda in July over the death of a Sierra Leonean national Ousman Darboe who owns a stalls at the Serrekunda market.

Darboe, an asthmatic patient, had died three days after his detention at the police Anti Crime Unit in Bijilo. His friends and family members said he died as a result of torture, an accusation the police deny.

However, on July 24 several young people took to the street including the relatives of Ousman Darboe demanding justice. The angry mob later went to burn the house of the head of the Anti Crime Unit Gorgi Mboob and ransacked Bakoteh Police Station.

Then on August 17, police arrested Killa Ace with at least nine others and detained for at least two nights. Though he was not charged, he was ordered to report to the police daily.

The case against Ace and others could not proceed today as the court is yet to decide if it has the jurisdiction to hear it.

However, the prosecutors have pressed eight charges against the accused persons, ranging from arson, unlawful assembly, and willful damage to properties and prohibition of conduct conducive to breach of peace.

They were charged Monday. The 37 have now been sent to the Mile 2 Central Prison.


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