The fear of victims of former President Yahya Jammeh and their families have been allayed by the country’s Minister of Interior Mai Ahmad Fatty.
Fatty paid a surprise visit to a center set up to support the victims of the ex-autocratic ruler and help them seek justice, where he took the time to address some of their concerns.
“We believe transitional justice is important but judicial justice where people are tried and put behind bars for good is also key and something we cannot forget about,” said Fatty.
The Center expressed concerns about the seriousness of Gambian authorities to fully hold those accountable for human rights abuses for their crimes after it emerged a plea deal had been offered to a former spy chief that oversaw the torture-death of an opposition activist.
Attempts by the victims and their families to meet with President Adama Barrow has so far been unsuccessful.
The Center has called on the government to take investigations into alleged Jammeh crimes seriously and ensure judicial prosecution.
They had questioned the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and urged the government to instead set up a Truth and Justice Commission.
Gambia is continuing to investigate Jammeh’s crimes and so far at least 30 people have feared dead are unaccounted for.
Rights group have called on the Gambia’s government to ensure justice for Jammeh-era abuses, a promise that gave President Adama Barrow the support he needed to unseat Jammeh.