A Gambian soldier arrested in February for being in possession of a full loaded pistol at a mosque where the country’s new president, Adama Barrow was attending Friday prayers alleged he was tortured by investigators.
Baboucarr Njie, a sergeant with the Gambia’s army said he was returning the weapon to the former National Security Advisor, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh when he stopped at King Fahad Mosque in Banjul to take part in the Friday prayers.
The presiding judge, Magistrate Isatou Janneh Njie has asked that the defense led by Sheriff Jobe to prove that there was torture.
No details of the torture were described in court.
President Adama Barrow had ordered all soldiers to hand over their weapons to regional forces that were deployed to the country to ousted defeated leader, Yahya Jammeh and secure the nation.
He warned that those that fail to comply and remain armed will be considered rebels and treated as such.
Jammeh is believed to still have loyalist in the military, whose inaction, for the most part, led to the deployment of at least 7,000 West African troops to secure the capital.
Gambia’s military is being reformed and authorities have started vetting personnel to ascertain their citizenship and credentials. Jammeh has alleged integrated separatist fighters from southern Senegal into the army.