Gambia’s former chief justice among new supreme court judges

Gambia’s former Chief Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim is one of the six new justices appointed to the Supreme Court to hear President Yahya Jammeh’s election petition.

Agim was Chief Justice of The Gambia from 2009 – 2013 replacing only Gambian Chief Justice Abdou Kareem Savage.

Justice Agim is currently one of the three justices to hear appeals relating to the dispute over the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State.

Emmanuel Agim receiving an award from Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan

Agim was in November 2012 appointed to Nigeria’s Appeal Court and later joined the Supreme Court of Swaziland, one of Africa’s most repressive monarchs.

He upheld the treason conviction against former military chief Lang Tombong Tamba, Omar Bun Mbye, Kawsu Camara, Lamin BO Badjie, Gibril Ngorr Secka, Modou Gaye and Lie Joof. Agim dismissed the death penalty of Mr. Lamin Ceesay for murder. Ceesay remains at the Mile 2 prison but now paralyzed after suffering a stroke.

Open Justice says Agim’s presence is laying future instability in the Gambia after he has long gone. He has been accused of manipulating the law and removing credible judges like Justice Moses Richard and bringing in machinery judges like Justice Joseph Enwa Ikpala.

(Reporting by Sainey MK Marenah; Additional Reporting and Writing by Sam Phatey; Editing by Alhagie Jobe)

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