Tortured soldier discharged from hospital, returns to detention

Tortured soldier discharged from hospital, returns to detention

A Gambian soldier allegedly tortured by agents of the State Intelligence Services has been discharged from a military hospital and returned to detention.

LCpl Samboujang Bojang was escorted to his cell on August 11 by the military police, a security source confirmed, where he is now being confined.

Bojang had been admitted to the military hospital in Fajara, about 10 miles outside the capital, Banjul following his torture during an interrogation.

Gambian authorities have been accused of burning his feet and deliberately using a chainsaw to cut his cuts causing injuries on his hand.

Torture was widespread under the National Intelligence Agency turned State Intelligence Agency. NIA during the reign of ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh was the most implicated in human rights abuses.

Bojang’s family says he is innocent and urged authorities not to delay the creation of a special panel to investigate the allegations against him.

Gambia’s army chief had said that the military will investigate Bojang’s torture claims but the probe is yet to be launched, according to military insiders.

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