Gambian prosecutors have filed a new bill of indictment against nine former intelligence officers accused of torturing to death an opposition activist whose party is now part of the ruling unity government.
Yankuba Badjie, the erstwhile Director of National Intelligence Agency with eight were charged with murder but the country’s Director of Public Prosecution said the charges will now include conspiracy to commit murder, assault causing bodily harm and forgery.
Chief Prosecutor, A. Abubakr said it is a 12 count indictment that will be preferred against them for the killing of Solo Sandeng and the torturing of a handful of activists, including one that is now seeking to become a parliamentarian, Fatoumata Jawara.
Jawara has presented her nomination papers for the Tallinding district in the Gambia’s Kanifing Municipality, where a popular youth worker, Lamin K. Saidy has withdrawn his campaign to endorse her.
Rare protests erupted outside the Gambia’s capital ahead of the elections in which opposition demonstrators led by Mr. Sandeng were violently rounded up by the riot police. The protesters were seeking reforms to electoral regulations.
Sandeng and other were tortured. He died and was buried in a secret location in a beach town. His remains were uncovered by investigators just last week. The UN Rights Commission said opposition detainees were denied medical attention, leading to the death of another, Ebrima Nkrumah.
Jammeh was defeated in the elections in December and after a two-month standoff and intervention from regional forces, he fled to Equatorial Guinea where he is now farming. His demoralized APRC party is seeking to maintain a majority in next month’s parliamentary polls.