- The fired managing director of The Gambia's pro-government 'Daily Observer' newspaper has been discharged by the court.
Mr. Dida Halake, whose nationality remains unclear, was discharged by a local magistrates' court after the prosecution filed an application to withdraw criminal case against him. The prosecution said this will allow it to put its house in order.
Mr. Halake was arrested in June and held for a week before slapped with sedition and giving false information to a public servant charges on 25 June. He had maintained his innocence throughout.
The court granted him bail in the sum of US $12,000 with a Gambian surety and ordered him to surrender his passport to the registrar.
Until his honeymoon abruptly ended with the government, Halake had used the Daily Observer to attack and plaster the image of the government's opponents - home and abroad.
Halake was replaced by the recycled former minister of information, communication and technology, Nenneh Macduall-Gaye. Mrs Gaye was replaced by the 25-year-old Fatim Badjie, formerly a communnications officer of Comium mobile company in the country.
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