Since their arrest, Killa Ace and his colleagues were remanded at Mile 2
The High Court of the Gambia has freed on bail a popular Gambian rapper Killa Ace and 6 others charged in connection to the July 24 protest. Killa also known as Ali Cham and his colleagues face an 8-count charge sheet including arson and willful damage.
On July 24, several young people have taken to the street demanding justice for Ousman Darboe, a Sierra Leonean national who reportedly died in police custody. An asthmatic patient, Darboe reportedly died 3 days after he was released from the custody of the police anti crime unit.
His friends said he was tortured, a charge the police deny. The spontaneous protest against his death suddenly turned violent and the youths reportedly burnt to the ground the compound of the head of the anti crime unit Gorgi Mboob. They also reportedly ransacked the Bakoteh Police Station.
The youths were later brought before the Kanifing Magistrate Court which later transferred the case to the High Court. The state prosecutors later dropped charges against 30 of them leaving the 7.
The High Court today freed the 7 with a bail bond of D100, 000 and a Gambian surety. The court also asked the youths to submit their travelling documents to the office of the registrar of High Court.
Though the charges before the Magistrate court against the 7 youths were transferred, the youths were not formally charged before the High Court yet.