ECOWAS Court hears case of assassinated Gambian journalist


The Late Deyda Hydara
The Late Deyda Hydara

By Gambia Watchdog Writer

After nine years in his grave without bringing his murderers to justice, the assassinated Gambian journalist’s case has been brought before the ECOWAS Court for hearing on Friday 14 February 2014 in Lome, Togo.

The hearing of Deyda Hydara’s case was held outside its Abuja, Nigeria headquarters at the Supreme Court of Togo attended by representatives of Union des Journalistes Indépendants du Togo (UJIT) an International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Federation of African Journalists.

Deyda Hydara Jr the Hydara family representative who is an engineer by profession informed the court that he was 11 years old when his father was gunned down.

He is a son of the late Deyda Hydara currently living in London, England. He craved the court to allow him to go back to The Gambia, by guaranteeing his security.

As second applicant to the case IFJ-Africa has sided with the Hydara family represented Deyda jr whose father was shot in a drive-by shooting by unknown assailants on 16 December 2004.

However, IFJ and FAJ have hailed the hearings of the killing of Deyda Hydara, former editor and co- proprietor of The Point newspaper in The Gambia by the ECOWAS Court.

Junior Deyda appeared as first applicant, and the Republic of The Gambia as the defendant.

The case continues on Tuesday, 11th March for the hearing of the second witness.

Two sons of journalist Deyda Hydara in 2011 filed a suit before the regional court of Ecowas in Abuja, Nigeria, in an effort to seek justice.

It could be recalled that Ismaila Hydara and Deyda Hydara Jr who filed the suit called for proper investigation into the death of their father who was killed on December 16, 2004.

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