The Barrow administration has sent special envoys, including immigration, prisons, police and Foreign Service officials to have those accused of human rights abuses during President Yahya Jammeh’s rule returned to the Gambia, including his former Interior Minister, Ousman Sonko.
Sonko is being detained by Swiss authorities, who say they would be forced to release him if victims do not come forward to him prosecuted.
Sonko was arrested after being denied asylum in at least three European nations, including Sweden after credible reports obtained by authorities there show he was implicated in the killing of 14 student demonstrators, the disappearance of perceived enemies of Jammeh’s government, detention in inhumane conditions, torture and numerous killings.
Some of Jammeh’s aide and special forces who were part of his hit squad are now scattered in Europe and America. Barrow has vowed to have them all face justice for crimes against the state, human rights abuses and crimes against humanity.
U.S. confirmed this week that two of its citizens have been killed in the West African nation after they traveled there to start a software company. The former regime instead arrested them on suspicion of hatching a coup to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh was defeated in the elections in December and forced to flee the country after West African troops advanced towards the capital to flush him out of power. His APRC party remains strong in central Gambia and the southern Foni region, which he won in his fifth bid to remain in power.