Gambia: Authorities arrest ex-cop contracted by former dictator to kill

Gambia: Authorities arrest ex-cop contracted by former dictator to kill

A police officer, allegedly contracted by former President Yahya Jammeh to torture and kill his perceived enemies have been arrested by the police.

Staff Sergeant Ousman Bussoh left the Police Intervention Unit to joined Jammeh’s paramilitary force as a private contractor on a D50,000 dalasis ($1,250) per month agreement.

‘‘Bussoh was arrested for killing and torturing Gambians on the orders and commands of former President Yahya Jammeh,’’ said a security source.

Bussoh is reportedly just one of the handful of contracted Gambian mercenaries hired by Jammeh during his repressive rule.

The military’s spokesperson, Major Lamin K. Sanyang confirmed Bussoh’s arrest with at least two others, Warrant Officer Alieu Jeng and Warrant Officer Abdoulie Jallow.

Former President Jammeh has ordered the murder of multiple people in the small West African country and has gone into exile since his defeat in last year’s election.

Since Jammeh’s ouster, more than two dozen people suspected to have committed human rights abuses from the security services have been arrested.

Those arrested have confessed to taking part in the torture and killing of Gambians and helped police investigators uncover mass graves and secret burial grounds.

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