A former regional governor, Lamin Sanneh has been appointed as the administrator of the Gambia’s prison system, according to officials from the interior department.
Sanneh was a permanent secretary at the ministry of local government before he was accused of graft by former President Yahya Jammeh and dismissed from the civil service.
Charges against him with at least 25 others have been thrown out of court after the ouster of Jammeh by a judge in Banjul.
Gambia’s new Interior Minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty has vowed to reform the prison system and seeking partners to help build new detention facilities that meet international standards.
Former chief warden of the Gambia’s prison system, David Colley has been charged with abuse of office and released on bail.
Prison conditions in Gambia are inhumane. Prisoners reported being tortured, given expired food and over congestion.
Gambia is seeking to have former Interior Minister, Ousman Sonko extradited from Switzerland on charges of human rights abuses and crimes against humanity.