A leading member of Gambia's opposition coalition says the group is demanding answers from President Yahya Jammeh's administration after several top security officials were arrested for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Halifa Sallah, who is also the publisher of the independent Foroyaa newspaper, said the government is contravening the constitution by refusing either to prosecute or release the suspects. Sallah said article 19 of Gambia's constitution stipulates that an arrested suspect is supposed to have an attorney three hours after he or she is detained. Or the suspect should be taken to court within 72 hours or be released on bail. The government is accused of detaining suspects since last December who it claims plotted a coup d'etat to overthrow President Jammeh's administration - a charge the suspects' families deny. (VOA)

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