Gambia: Authorities vows to apprehend human rights abusers

Gambia: Authorities vows to apprehend human rights abusers

Gambia’s Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty says those found wanting for human rights abuses and crimes against the state will be pursued and prosecuted.

Gambian security forces under ousted ruler Yahya Jammeh have been accused of widespread torture, enforced detention, arbitrary arrest, rape and dehumanization of citizens.

“We also want to make it abundantly clear that those who are involved in the torture, rape and dehumanization of Gambians, there will be accountability. You can run but you can’t hide,” Fatty said.

At least two former security chiefs have been arrested, including the former director of the notorious spy agency, NIA. Nearly seven members of paramilitary hit squad sanctioned by Jammeh were also arrested.

Gambian authorities are investigating the whereabouts of at least 30 people, including two U.S. citizens who have gone to the West African nation to open a software company.

Jammeh is in exile in Equatorial Guinea and his supporters say they will do anything to have him return to The Gambia. Human rights groups accused the autocratic ruler of torturing and killing his perceived enemies.

Jammeh sparked an international outcry in 2012 when he lifted the moratorium on the death penalty and executed nine inmates without following due process.

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