By Our Special Reporter
The Human Rights and Constitutional Matters committee, concluding their outreach and consultations on detention centers, called on the Chief Justice of the Gambia to brief him on the delay in court cases resulting to the congestion of prisons and in some cases police cells yesterday.
The Chief Justice of the Gambia, Hassan B Jallow responding to the queries of the Human Right Committee members of the National Assembly in relations to some of the unacceptable conditions of prisons and prisoners; said governments need to spend in prisons.
The Committee led by its Chairperson , Hon Speaker of the National Assembly Hon Mariam Jack Denton, raised the issues that the said committee found in several police cells and the two of our main prisons, Mile 2 and Old Jeshwang prisons. Among those issues Jack Denton told the Chief Justice is the delay in cases of the detained prisoners at the Mile 2 Prisons and Jeshwang.
Justice Jallow told the parliamentarians that there are so many things responsible for the delays in court case. He said one the reasons is the lack of enough space for the judges and magistrates to conduct trials. He informs the members that there are not enough court spaces. Justice Jallow cited examples of the two main magistrates courts, that is Kanifing and the Brikama jurisdictions; where you cannot have all the Magistrates sit at the same time.
Talking about the congestions in the prisons, Justice Jallow said our governments need to spend into prisons. He told the Human Right committee that governments all over the world are not keen to spend on the prisons. However he said they are part of us and therefore one need to spend and develop our prisons.
Justice Jallow told the members that his office will look into the issues of delay in cases and will do all what it takes to decongest our detentions centers.
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