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Chief Ebrimah Manneh v. Republic of The Gambia

Key Judgment


Legal Relevance

Reparations | Guarantees Against Non-Repetition | Deprivation of Liberty | Refusal to Disclose Fate | Right to Know the Truth | Punishment

The Court outlined the nature of special, general, and punitive damages. Regarding punitive damages, it held that they were not generally awarded to compensate, but to reform or deter from pursuing a particular course of action. It identified no record showing the award of punitive damages in a human rights case and held that it was not the object of the African Charter to award punitive damages.

Judgment Date

June 5, 2008

Country

The Gambia

Judicial Body

Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Court)

Articles violated

Article 2 [ACHPR], Article 6 [ACHPR], Article 7(1) [ACHPR], Article 4(g) [ECOWAS]

Articles not violated / not dealt with

Article 4 [ACHPR], Article 5 [ACHPR]

Facts of the Case

Chief Ebrimah Manneh was a journalist with the Daily Observer. He was illegally arrested on 11 July 2006 by two officials of the National Intelligence Agency of the Gambia at the Daily Observer's premises in Banjul, the Gambia. He was held incommunicado for a period of time after his arrest. He has not been charged of any offence or brought before any court of law.

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