In a major turn in one of the country’s most-noted torture and human rights abuse cases, a special prosecutor, Sheriff M. Tambadou is being accused of misconduct.
Last week, Tambadou met with the wife of former spy chief, Yankuba Badjie in which he asserted that the Attorney General would not have taken up the case if he had the means.
“If it was Baa Tambadou [Attorney General’s] choice, this case would not have been in court if he has the powers and means,” Tambadou said.
Prosecutor Tambadou is the President of the Gambia Bar Association and was recorded in more than a half an hour conversation with Yankuba Badjie’s wife, Ndura Jawara Badjie.
Confidential information, including a purported plea deal that will see Badjie serve less than a three year jail time to implicate at least seven others, was disclosed to Ms. Badjie.
Tambadou was appointed as one of the state attorneys to prosecute the NIA9 – the secret service agents that are accused of torturing an opposition activist, Ebrima Solo Sandeng to death.
Tambadou said it would be difficult to free the NIA9 and did not dismiss Ndura Badjie’s claim of lack of evidence in the trial against her husband.
The NIA9 trial is already in jeopardy. High Court Judge Kumba Sillah Camara had threatened to severally throw out the case over the lack of evidence.
Attorney General Aboubacarr Tambadou had said the case was taken to court without consulting the Justice Department and a leaked report indicated that evidence in the case at the NIA office was destroyed.
Special Prosecutor Sheriff Tambadou and Attorney General Aboubacarr Baa Tamadou are brothers. Special Prosecutor Tambadou presided over the swearing-in of President Adama Barrow.