Swedish MP urges Gambia to prosecute rights abusers including ex-dictator

Swedish MP urges Gambia to prosecute rights abusers including ex-dictator

A Swedish MP visiting The Gambia has advocated for the prosecution of the West African nation’s exiled autocratic ruler after meeting with the victims of his regime.

Momodou Malcolm Jallow, who is also a native Gambian urged Gambian authorities to investigate and prosecute all those involved in atrocities committed during Jammeh-era, including former dictator Yahya Jammeh.

“You cannot commit crimes against humanity and you continue to be free and walking in the streets or holding office…that is not fair, that is not justice, that is not due process,” he said.

An international campaign has been launched to have Jammeh returned to the West African nation, which he has ruled with an iron-fist for more than two decades.

The campaign is supported by rights groups and a lawyer, Reed Brody who had helped victims of ex-Chadian dictator Hissène Habré secure justice more than two and a half decade after his removal from power.

Momodou Malcolm Jallow promised to tell the stories of Jammeh’s victims to bring attention to the crimes committed by Mr. Jammeh in the country frequented by many Scandinavians trying to escape the harsh winter conditions.

A righthand man of Mr. Jammeh, Ousman Sonko, who headed the country’s police, elite presidential guard and later security minister is being investigated for crimes against humanity in Switzerland. He is expected to be put on trial by Swiss prosecutors.

Jammeh is now in exile in Equatorial Guinea and his host, Theodore Obiang, one of Africa’s last remaining authoritarian rulers survived a coup attempt this month, a situation that could have ended Jammeh’s stay in the Central African nation.

(Reporting and Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Reporting from The Standard, Editing by Assan Sallah)

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