Gambia’s Barrow pledges prosecution for Jammeh era abuses

Gambia’s Barrow pledges prosecution for Jammeh era abuses

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow says there will “definitely” be prosecution for some of the Jammeh era injustices and decades-long rights abuses, months ahead of the launching of a truth commission.

At least two dozen security officers have been arrest for taking part in torture and killings since Jammeh fled in January. The security officers were mostly part of a special force that carried out covert operations for Jammeh.

Human rights group accuse Jammeh of killing and torturing political opponents, the latest of which was the tortured death of an opposition activist, Ebrima Solo Sandeng.

Peaceful protests last year were violently repressed, and tens of opposition leaders arrested were subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. At least three of Jammeh’s critics, who were arrested during the protests have died within a year of their release of suspected poisoning.

“Gambian authorities can make a decisive break from the country’s brutal past by repealing repressive laws, reforming the security services and ensuring accountability for past serious violations of human rights,” says Amnesty International.

Barrow says he does not know if Jammeh will be surrendered to the Gambia to face charges of human rights abuses and crimes against the state.

Nine senior officials of Jammeh’s feared National Intelligence Agency, including his former intelligence chief, are facing murder and torture charges of the killing of Mr. Sandeng and the torture of some 11 other people, including a Member of Parliament, Fatoumata Jawara (UDP-Tallinding).

Jammeh is also accused of corruption and siphoning billions. In the last weeks of his rule, the ousted autocratic ruler had laundered some $150 million out of the country.

Gambia’s Attorney General, Aboubacarr Tambadou said the Justice Department will launch a probe into Jammeh’s financial and business transactions.

Jammeh left the Gambia in a state of insolvency. The tiny silver of a country is now working with the EU to address illegal migration through training and jobs for young Gambians, who were flogging into Europe by perilously crossing the Mediterranean.

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