Gambian lawyer sees local AP reporter in detention

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 8:04 AM

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — A lawyer says he visited a journalist who contributes to The Associated Press and who has been in detention in Gambia for more than 48 hours.

Lamin Camara said Wednesday that he saw journalist Abdoulie John at the headquarters of the National Intelligence Agency in the West African country's capital, Banjul. He said that John, a Gambian, has not been mistreated.

The lawyer said John is being investigated by the NIA. Camara said that according to the constitution, the security agency can hold John for 72 hours and after that he must be released or charged in court.

John, the editor of the website JoloffNews, has been held at the NIA offices since Monday afternoon. Security officials later took John to his home and searched it.

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