ATLANTA GAMBIAN AMERICAN LADY FIGHTING A CHILD CUSTODY CASE IN THE GAMBIA, FINDS HERSELF IN A HOT SOUP; AS OPPOSING LAWYER WANTS COURT TO FILE CONTEMPT CHARGES AGAINST HER; ACCUSING HER OF TALKING TO THE MEDIA ON A PENDING CASE!
Malick Jallow, attorney for the Phatey family, has asked Judge Sainey B Joof of Brikama District Court to bring contempt charges against Ms. Nahima Jawneh, the Atlanta, Gambian woman involved in a Gambian custody battle, Freedom Newspaper to report. Attorney Jallow filed the complaint in court Tuesday, preventing journalists from covering the trial. Mr Jallow has accused Ms Jawneh of providing media interviews and commenting on the pending case on social media, an act he considers contemptuous. The lawyer gave Judge Joof a USB memory stick to support his claims. Mr. Jallow is the son of Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow.
The court is expected to review the contents of the information on the USB memory stick before deciding on Jallow’s allegations of contempt against Ms. Jawneh. The case was postponed until March 5th.
Jallow had previously asked the court to order Ms. Jawneh to take her son to court at the next adjourned appointment, but the judge never answered his request. For now, Ms. Jawneh would have access to her baby until the court decides otherwise.
Ms. Jawneh’s attorney, Peter Mendy, opposed his learned colleague’s submission that the baby should be brought to justice.
Four media outlets appeared in court to cover the trial, but to their chagrin they were prevented from covering the case. They were also asked not to take photos and videos.
Ms. Jawneh was sued by her former mother-in-law. Her ex-husband Sheriff Phatey, AKA Sam Phatey, gave his mother a power of attorney to file a custody battle on his behalf.
In another development, lawyer Malick Jallow is working on another custody case involving two former Gambian married couples: Modou Nyang and Ramatoulie Jeng. Your child was born in the United States.
Ms. Jeng now lives in The Gambia. Her ex-husband Nyang wants his son to be taken to his grandparents in Barrel Nyanga Choi, which has led to a custody battle.
Mr. Nyang is a former active member of the liberation struggle in Gambia. He lives in Tacoma, Seattle, Washington. He’s Sam Phatey’s close friend.
Ms. Jeng is due to meet with Nyang’s attorney Malick Jallow on February 26th. The scheduled meeting would take place at Attorney Jallow’s office in Banjul.
We were told that Mr. Nyang remarried to an African American woman.