EU parliamentarian Richard Howitt has asked Gambian authorities to release the body of a senior opposition member Ebrima Solo Sandeng to his son, Muhammed Sandeng.
Muhammed has written to the EU delegation visiting The Gambia pleading to have his father’s remains released by Gambian authorities to bring closure to his family.
“I am pleading with the EU to seek answers and bring some closure to my family. We need answers and we need to bury our father the right way,” Muhammed Sandeng said.
The EU has asked for an investigation into his death.
Ebrima Solo Sandeng was tortured to death at the National Intelligence Agency after leading at least a dozen people into the Westfield Square demanding electoral reform ahead of the country’s crucial December presidential polls.
His death led to a string of protests with the riot police brutally dispersing peaceful protesters. The UN has condemned the use of excessive force in which many were wounded.
The Gambia’s Justice Minister Mama Fatima Singhateh said the protesters assembled unlawfully and argued that the security forces tried to manage the situation. The country’s Information Minister Sheriff Bojang has denied knowing of the arrest or torture of Sandeng until President Jammeh in June declined to carry out an investigation into his death telling saying Amnesty International and the UN Chief “can go to hell.”
The EU said it may be forced to put sanctions on The Gambia if the human rights situation in the country does not improve or continues to deteriorate.