Prosecutors present new criminal complaint against NIA 9

Prosecutors present new criminal complaint against NIA 9

State prosecutor in the Gambia have indicted nine former intelligence officers accused of human rights abuses with new charges, the chief prosecutor, A. Abubakr said.

The new criminal complaint includes charges of conspiracy, murder, assault, forgery and making documents without authority.

The nine, including former intelligence chief Yankuba Badjie, were first charged with the murder of opposition activist, Ebrima Solo Sandeng. Prosecutors say Sandeng was tortured “knowing that death would be the probable consequence of such.”

The West African nation’s ousted ruler, Yahya Jammeh refused UN demands to open an investigation into Sandeng’s death, and instead called for ex-UN Chief, Ban Ki Moon and rights group, Amnesty International “to go to hell.”

“Who are they to demand an investigation. Is he [Solo Sandeng] the only person that has died in custody under interrogation. He is not the first and will not be the last,” he said.

Sandeng was arrested with at least a dozen others, including Fatoumata Jawara, who is now seeking to become a parliamentarian.

The new criminal complaint now includes her case. Jawara with Nogoi Njai, Kafu Bayo, Modou Ngum and Ebrima Jabang were among those who prosecutors say were tortured. They were tied then beaten with sticks, wires and cables until they passed out. They were left in a detention center with bleeding with serious injuries.

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