President Yahya Jammeh’s decision to withdraw The Gambia from the International Criminal Court will be reversed by the country’s incoming government, but do not expect him to be prosecuted in The Hague.
Leaders of the unity government that won the country’s December 1 elections said no citizen of the country found wanting for rights abuses or crimes against the state will be sent to world tribunal for prosecution.
“We have the competent people here to try any case,” said Adama Barrow, the president-elect of The Gambia. “If anyone has to be prosecuted, it will be done here.”
Activists have been calling for Jammeh to be arrested and sent to The Hague to the killing, torture, rape and enforced detention of hundreds of Gambians and 44 Ghanaians.
Coalition leaders have differing opinions about what the faith of Mr. Jammeh, but agreed that the fragile post-electoral environment has made them abandon any plans to bring charges against the country’s longtime ruler.