BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Activists in Gambia are calling on the government to release an imam who has been jailed for five months.
Imam Baba Leigh has been missing since December and is believed to have been detained by Gambia's National Intelligence Agency.
Media reports have linked his alleged arrest with comments he made in September 2012 describing the execution of nine death row inmates as "un-Islamic."
Hamat Bah of the opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP) called on the Gambian government to release the Muslim cleric late Tuesday, describing his detention unconstitutional.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has ruled the country since he came to power in a coup in 1994.
Human rights groups have accused the government of Gambia of carrying out arbitrary arrests, summary executions and torture in recent years.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Several Muncie residents are asking the state Department of Education to force the city's school district to continue bus service for students despite the defeat of a proposed property tax increase to pay for its costs.
A large fire destroyed a southern Indiana restaurant, with flames soaring high through the roof as it burned overnight.
A 22-year-old Elkhart man has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of the owner of a northern Indiana convenience store and an employee.