A fight broke out between the family members of a murdered opposition activist and those of the suspects outside a High Court in the Gambia’s capital, Banjul.
It is the second of such major commotion as the trial of the country’s former intelligence chief, Yankuba Badjie and eight other agents involved in the killing of Ebrima Solo Sandeng continues.
Both sides were hauling insults towards one another, eyewitnesses said. Provocations escalated leading to a physical fight. Several people suffered bruises. Security forces intervened but no arrests were made.
A Member of Parliament, Ousman Sillah [PDOIS – Banjul North] spoke to both parties, urging them to maintain the peace and the give the law the chance to pass judgment.
The courts have revoked the bail of one of the accused, Lamin Sanyang, a medical officer for the agency who processed Sandeng’s death certificate.
Sandeng led a protest last year ahead of the presidential polls, demanding electoral reforms be passed by Parliament to guarantee a free and fair vote.
He was arrested by the police, who handed him over the National Intelligence Agency where he was tortured to death. He was secretly buried in an unmarked grave, which has now been unearthed.