Gambian authorities have released the names of eight military officers for the 2013 killing of an ex-army chief, Col. Ndure Cham.
Gambia’s police, who are leading investigations into tens of killings by loyalists of the former president, Yahya Jammeh said Cham was captured in northern Gambia, and killed shortly after on the orders of Mr. Jammeh.
Lt. Col. Nuha Badjie, Major Momodou Jarju, Captain Michael Jatta, WO1 Nfansu Nyabally, Staff Sergeant Sulayman Sambou, WO2 Malick Manga and Corporal Saikouba Jarju, were named in the court documents, accused of killing Cham.
The former military chief attempted in 2006 to overthrow the government of Jammeh. He escaped arrest and was given a safe haven in neighboring Senegal.
He had been reportedly visiting his native home village outside Farafenni, eluding authorities until in August 2013, he was arrested at a ranch close to Gambia’s northern border with Senegal.
The soldiers named in Cham’s killing have all fled the Gambia after Jammeh’s unceremonious exit. Their whereabouts are unknown but Gambian authorities may result to involving the Interpol to have them arrested and extradited.
At least nine former security officers, including a former intelligence chief, are being prosecuted for the killing of an opposition activist, the first trial so far since Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea.