By King Alhassan Darboe:
Gunjur born political scientist and human rights activist Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh has on Tuesday visited the mile 2 central prisons where he presented food items to the prisoners. Janneh’s visit coincided with his birthday and also the day he was released from mile two prisons thanks to the intervention of Rev Jessie Jackson seven years ago.
Dr. Janneh was tried, convicted and sentenced to life in jail in a kangaroo court for "treasonable offence" of distributing T-shirts with the inscription: “End Dictatorship Now”. He was further accused of leading a group to organize a Tunisia like mass protest to bring down the government of Yahya Jammeh.
He served 15 months of his life sentence before a presidential pardon negotiated by the American Rights Activist, Rev Jackson. Since his release from prison in 2012, Dr Janneh has been campaigning for prison and human rights reforms.
Dr. Janneh was accompanied to the central prisons by the Mayoress of Banjul Rohey Malick Lowe, Lawyer Neneh Cham, Momodou Semega Janneh and Omar Diamond Darboe. Items donated include fifty bags of rice, 10 twenty-litre containers of cooking oil, 20 cartons of soap, a box of toothpaste, and a box of feminine health needs.