Gambia minister: Torture will not go unpunished

Gambia minister: Torture will not go unpunished

Gambia’s Minister of Information, Demba Jawo said torture has no place in the West African country and will not go unpunished following an allegation by a soldier.

Agents of the Gambia’s State Intelligence Services were accused of torturing LCpl Samboujang Bojang, the first of such a report since the ouster of dictator Yahya Jammeh.

Bojang was arrested for on suspicion that he is part of a group of soldiers loyal to Jammeh plotting against the state.

Authorities in the small nation have neither acknowledged nor refute the allegations. They remain mute despite concerns raised by rights campaigners.

Gambia’s army chief has said the allegations will be probed and the country’s President Adama Barrow has pledged severally to boot out impunity.

Human rights abuses, especially torture were rife under Jammeh’s regime. The NIA, now renamed the SIS have been one of the most implicated security agencies in meting out abuses against citizens.

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