Bond Lowered for Missionaries Accused of Sedition

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) - A lawyer for a British couple accused of
sedition in the African nation of Gambia says the court has agreed to lower their bail.

The defense counsel for David and Fiona Fulton says the judge
presiding over their case agreed to lower their bond from around
$186,000 to $74,000.

The Fultons are a missionary couple from England. They were arrested over two weeks ago in the predominantly Muslim nation after allegedly sending a letter criticizing Gambia's government to individuals and groups. Their trial is to resume next Monday.

Gambia has been ruled since 1994 by President Yayha Jammeh, who
grabbed power in a coup and has restricted freedom of expression.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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