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Maryland lawmakers outraged after Frederick woman gets 3 years in Gambia

Maryland lawmakers outraged after Frederick woman gets 3 years in Gambia

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Four Maryland congressional members expressed outrage Thursday after a court in Gambia sentenced a Frederick woman to three years in prison following her arrest there during an anti-government protest led by her prominent dissident uncle.

Fanta Darboe Jawara's conviction and sentencing made a mockery of civil rights guaranteed by the Gambian constitution, said the joint statement from Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski and Reps. Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney, all Democrats.

"She has done nothing wrong and this outcome is completely unacceptable," the officials said. "We are in touch with the State Department to learn more...

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