Contrary to our earlier post prior to the Tobaski that Senegalese singer Thione Seck is released from Prison, we regret to announce that Thione is still languishing in the cells of Cap Manuel prison in Dakar. Shortly after our post which was published on September 23rd, few people reached out to us to debunk the story including a close family friend of Thione. According to our sources who choose to remain anonymous, The leader of the Raam Dam band Thione Seck just had a trial a day before to allow him to spend the Tobaski with his family but was denied bail.
According to Seneweb.com, one of the leading Senegalese online newspapers which we translated using Google translate,
“Thione Seck, the lead vocal Ram Daan finally spend the Tabaski feast of Cap Manuel prison where he is incarcerated. The Indictment Division of the Dakar Court of Appeal has, in fact, rejected the procedure of cancellation request and refused bail application filed by his lawyers, Ousmane Seye My Abdou dialy Cissé Kane and Bamba.
The lawyers felt that their client should be released after the cancellation of the procedure on the grounds that the provisions of Regulation No. 5 of the UEMOA have not been met. This regulation, in force since January 2015, provides that a defendant has the right to have his counsel immediately upon arrest. What the gendarmes refused, they say.
Recall that Thione Seck has been detained since June 2, 2015. He was charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery, falsification, alteration of bank notes legal tender in Senegal and in a foreign country, money laundering and attempted fraud before being placed in custody at the Central Prison Rebeuss. A few days later, he was transferred to the prison of Cap Manuel.” Concluded the report by Seneweb.
We at Gambian Talents apologize to our readers for the misinformation. We were equally misinformed by our earlier source who misunderstood the report written in French. We apologize for any inconvenience. Our goal is to always bring you the best, most accurate and authentic news. We are often contacted and provided with so much news by our keen followers and it’s our responsibility to further investigate and verify those stories. We promise to do a better job on that. Thanks for your trust and confidence in us. Please continue to support Gambian Talents.