Gambia to indict perpetrators of rights abuses under Jammeh

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Mai Fatty, Gambia’s new interior minister 

The Gambia interior minister, Mai Fatty, has told a press conference on Friday that their new government would indict perpetrators of human rights abuses under former President Yahya Jammeh.

His comments came barely a day after 8 officials of the National Intelligence Agency of Gambia, institution accused of torture and killings under Jammeh, have been charged on Thursday for the murder of an opposition activist Solo Sandeng last year.

Sandeng, a youth leader in the opposition United Democratic Party has died in state custody after he was arrested by riot police for holding a peaceful protest demanding “proper electoral reform”, critics say he died of torture.

“We also want to make it abundantly clear that those who are involved in the torture, rape and dehumanization of Gambians, there will be accountability. You can run but you can’t hide,” Fatty said.

He said President “Jammeh and his APRC for the past 22 years have suffocated this land” and they “were the people who were above the law”.

Mai refused to comment on the arrest and charging of the 8 NIA officials but vowed more arrests will be made.

“… Several arrests were made and we continue to follow leads and this will lead to more arrests. But with regards to the investigations of the existing arrests, I am not at liberty to comment right now,” he said.

“For those of you who have love ones disappeared and you cannot find them and they were allegedly arrested or detained during the previous administration. We have already constituted a missing person panel. Go and report. The panel will look into it. We will investigate,” he added.

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Jammeh lost election but claims the polls were tainted with “unacceptable irregularities” and refused to step down. He was later persuaded by the ECOWAS mediators led by Guinea’s Alpha Conde. He need lives in exile in Equitorial Guinea

Former president Yahya Jammeh has ruled Gambia with an iron fist during which he was accused of several killings and disappearances.

The interior minister has also said that they are working on reforming the security sector of the country.

Under the former president Jammeh, it was soldiers who were responsible for the security of the presidency but Fatty said they will change that.

“… The arm wing of the police force is the one that has taken over the protection of the presidential facilities and the president himself,” he said.

 

 

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