Gambia petitioned to investigate ex-finance minister’s killing by military junta

Gambian authorities have been petitioned by the family of a former finance minister, who was killed by the military government led by ousted dictator, Yahya Jammeh to investigate his murder.

At least 14 family members of murdered Finance Minister, Koro Ceesay signed the appeal, which was sent to the country’s Interior Minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty.

The Ceesay family is seeking justice after one of the former junta leaders accused of leading the team, Edward Singhateh that shot Ceesay and burnt him in his vehicle in a forest outside Brikama met with President Adama Barrow last month.

Singhateh, now the regional ECOWAS Vice President was one of the five junior soldiers that overthrew the government of Sir Dawda Jawara in 1994. He was vice president of The Gambia and in charge of the country when Ceesay was killed in June 1995.

Gambian authorities are investigating the killing of more than two dozens citizens, most of whom were missing for the most part of Jammeh’s rule.

A mass grave has been discovered by police investigators who are interrogating members of a special hit squad sanctioned by Jammeh. At least two U.S. citizens are among those killed by the squad called the ‘Jungulars.’

The government of President Yahya Jammeh frequently committed serious human rights violations including arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, and torture against those who voiced opposition to the government.

The repression and abuses created a climate of fear within Gambia, generating increased attention from the international community.

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