Forensic specialists have arrived in The Gambia to help authorities in the West African nation provide expert analysis into the killing of an opposition activist, whose party has the majority stake in the new government.
The specialists, mostly pathologists from France will conduct examinations on the exhumed remains of Ebrima Solo Sandeng, whose tortured-death sparked protests in Banjul ahead of the elections that saw the defeat of autocratic ruler, Yahya Jammeh.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow was in France this month, where he met President Francois Hollande, whose support was instrumental in securing his presidency.
Prosecutors asked for more time for the experts to arrive during the trial of nine intelligence officers held over Sandeng’s death. A judge in Gambia’s capital, Banjul threatened to strike out charges against them, including former intelligence chief, Yankuba Badjie if prosecutors do not present conclusive evidence.
Gambia’s Attorney General, Aboubacarr Baa Tambadou said his office was not consulted resulting to miscommunication between prosecutors and investigators.
Chief Prosecutor A. Abubakr said a new bill of indictment will now be presented and charges have gone from just murder to torture and forgery. The new criminal complaint, he said, has up to 12 counts of charges against the former intelligence officers.