Ms. Tina Faal, a former nominated member of the National Assembly who was rearrested Monday, August 8, is currently detained at Mile two central prison after her bail was revoked. Tina was first arrested in July and charged before the Banjul Magistrate Court with three counts of conspiracy, obtaining goods by false pretense and theft.
Represented by Lawyer Combeh Gaye, Faal was on the same day of her court appearance granted bail in the sum of D500, 000 with two Gambian sureties with each a title deed in the Greater Banjul Area. She was also asked to surrender her travel documents. Her bail was revoked Monday without an explanation as to why it was revoked.
Ms. Tina Faal, who used to be one of Dictator Jammeh’s closest surrogates, was in 2007, among the 5 members of parliament nominated by President Jammeh.
An ex- wife of Gambia’s former Justice Minister Edward Gomez, Faal recently announced her opposition to the APRC regime, she recently embraced and joined the newly formed Gambia Democratic Congress party in The Gambia. She has been seen in the forefront of the party’s recent countrywide tour.
In a recent interview, Ms. Faal told Freedom Newspaper that her former party, The APRC is a dead party and that only a regime change can bail out The Gambia from its current political and economic predicament.
Observers believe her arrest is a political witch hunt by the dictatorship to intimidate her. With a few months before elections in The Gambia, dictator Jammeh seems to be at war with prominent members of the different opposition parties.
Tina is one of the first senior members of The GDC to be arrested since the launching of the party.