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Maryland woman detained in Gambia, U.S. closely monitoring

Maryland woman detained in Gambia, U.S. closely monitoring

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The State Department says it's closely monitoring Gambia's detention of a U.S. citizen from Maryland who was arrested during an anti-government demonstration while visiting her native country in April.

Although Fanta Darboe Jawara has family connections to Gambia's main opposition party, her husband said Wednesday she was a bystander when she was arrested April 16 near the capital city of Banjul. Ebrima Jawara provided a copy of what appeared to be his wife's sworn statement to police saying she was returning from a banking errand when she was arrested and beaten.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said at a June 1 press briefing that Fanta,...

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