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GAMBIA – Lawsuits against Yahya Jammeh demanded

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was tasked with investigating the crimes and abuses committed by former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh from 1994 to 2016, demanded on December 24, 2021, the trial and conviction of the former dictator and all his accomplices. According to the Commission, the former head of state should be prosecuted for “murder, arbitrary detention, disappearances.”

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, tasked with investigating former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, presented its report on Friday, 24 December 2021. One of the Commission’s strong recommendations is the continuation of the Gambian politician and the holding of his trial outside Gambian territory. The Commission wants a trial “in a West African country other than The Gambia, under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and/or the African Union.” For 22 years at the head of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh was accused of being responsible for the death of several citizens of the country as well as the disappearance of many others. Openly abusing his power, the former president terrorized the Gambian people with a clear and unprecedented violation of citizens’ rights. .” For a period of twenty-two years, from 22 July 1994, Yahya Jammeh and her colleagues [members of the APRC, the presidential party] and other co-authors committed serious crimes in The Gambia,” the report said.

The report, written in seventeen volumes, has been in the hands of the current Gambian President, Adama Barrow, since 25 November 2021. The Commission has apparently forgotten nothing, it has listed all the crimes and crimes committed by Yahya Jammeh during the 22 years spent at the head of the supreme judiciary: assassinations, acts of torture, enforced disappearances, rapes and castrations, arbitrary arrests, witch hunts, until the forced administration of a fake AIDS treatment. 

The Gambian Minister of Justice, Dawda Jallow, said the government is committed to implementing the recommendations of the Commission’s reports. In fact, a white paper on these same recommendations is expected to be published before May 25, 2022.

The truth and reconciliation commission was established in 2017. From January 2019 to May 2021, she interviewed more than 393 witnesses, victims and former «junglers» («broussards»), members of the regime’s death squads, who came to expose what they had to do under the presidency of Yahya Jammeh. Atrocities and unspeakable acts of torture that have often offended the sensibilities of Commission members. The report indicated that between 240 and 250 people died in the hands of the state and its agents.

The American lawyer, Reed Brody, who worked with the victims, also highlighted the urgent need to hold a trial that was so much demanded by the victims and by the entire Gambian people. “After the powerful public testimonies before the TRRC that deeply affected the Gambians, there will be a lot of pressure in The Gambia and abroad, so that justice can be done without delay for the victims who have already waited five years and sometimes longer.” ,” he said.


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