Hussein Thomasi to lead Gambia’s Justice Department reform

Hussein Thomasi to lead Gambia’s Justice Department reform

Mr. Hussein Thomasi has been appointed as a Special Advisor to Attorney General, Aboubacarr Tambadou to advise the Justice Minister on policy matters and head the implementation of the Justice Department’s reform program.

Thomasi as nearly three decades of legal experience and headed the legal department of the West African Monetary Institute in Ghana until his new appointment this month.

He had worked at the Gambia’s Justice Department as State Counsel, Senior State Counsel, and Principal State Counsel since 1987 before becoming the legal advisor for the Assets Management Recovery Corporation (AMRC) in 1994.

Gambia’s judiciary has been plagued by unfair trials, prosecution, and jailing of former President Yahya Jammeh’s enemies.

Jammeh had direct control of the Justice Department and judiciary, making the Gambia’s justice system one of the least independent in the world.

State prosecutors and judges, who failed to follow his orders were immediately fired, arrested and expelled out of the country.

Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow has pledged to take a different route and vowed that the era of injustice in over. He assured judges that the executive will not interfere in their work.

Gambia’s new government is rolling out series of reforms programs to build strong institutions that will prevent the country from slipping into autocratic rule again.

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