Charged Gambian journalist escapes from hospital

Alagie Ceesay

Charged Gambian journalist escapes from hospital

THE GAMBIA

A Gambian journalist standing trial for sedition has escaped from a hospital where he was receiving treatment.

Alagie Ceesay has reportedly been in police custody since June last year.

He is charged with six counts of sedition and publication of false news with the intent to cause fear and alarm among the public.

Ceesay a managing director of an independent radio station has been hospitalized a couple of times.

His request to be released on bail has been denied four times despite his health problems and demands from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Information about his escape became public when he failed to show up in court on Wednesday as expected.

Ceesay was arrested on July 2 after he privately shared by phone a picture with a gun being pointed toward an image of President Yahya Jammeh.

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