Abuses should be prosecuted under the former ruler of Gambia, the investigation says

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BANJUL, Gambia – The Commission of Inquiry on Thursday recommended a number of cases, documenting widespread atrocities under Yahya Jammeh, the former dictator of Gambia.

But the truth is, the Reconciliation and Compensation Commission did not disclose its report or the names of those who recommended prosecution, who ruled nearly 22 years before being deported nearly five years ago. It is not clear if Jammeh is one of them who could face criminal charges.

In the Gambia, on the Atlantic coast of West Africa, Mr. Jammeh’s fall was greeted with joy.

But that mentality has come as a huge disappointment to the government of his successor, President Adama Pharaoh, who is running for re-election. Mr. Jammeh and members of his regime were not taken into account, and government reform plans failed or stalled, and Mr. Mr. Barrow. Has formed a political alliance with the party of Jammu and Kashmir.

“We expect the president to show some commitment and the political will to fully implement the recommendations,” said Sheriff Gijera, head of the Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations. “Jammeh must face justice at any cost.”

When asked if the government would punish those most responsible for the abuses, Information Minister Efrima Silla said on the phone: “I can not guarantee that,” it depends on the merits of the report.

The commission reported 240 to 250 deaths, rapes, torture, disappearances and witch hunts in the custody of the government or its agents, its chairman Lamin Cise said at a news conference outlining the findings in Banjul. Capian capital.

The panel spent 871 days investigating and streaming human rights abuses live on an unusual public broadcast online. Of the 393 witnesses who testified, a soldier who claimed he had killed a prominent journalist on the orders of the president and Mr. Also included was Fato Jalo, a woman who accused Jammeh of raping her.

The Commission presented its report to President Pharaoh, who was to submit copies to the National Assembly and the Secretary-General of the United Nations within a month.

That means it is unlikely to come out publicly until after the Dec. 4 presidential election. Mr. Among the candidates running against Pharaoh is Essa Fall, a top lawyer for the Commission of Inquiry.

Mr. Mr. Barrow, who has not fielded his own presidential candidate, still has substantial popular support. Jammeh has the support of some sections of the party. Arguing to prosecute members of the previous government could affect that support.

Information Minister Mr. Silla said the president would have six months to review the report, after which the government would release a document providing its response.

Mr. Jammeh first seized power at the age of 29 through a military coup and was pushed through a new constitution that would concentrate power in the hands of the president. His rule was marked by corruption and political opposition, and the suppression of press and LGBT rights. He said he could cure HIV with herbs.

But the government held relatively free elections in 2016, and Mr. Jammeh refused to accept the results. Barrow was defeated. After the military intervention of several neighboring countries in January 2017, Mr.

Mr. The Pharaoh’s administration should be an interim administration that will put Gambia on the path to democracy. But Mr. The recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Jammeh’s finances were only partially implemented, and the newly proposed, more democratic constitution was defeated in the National Assembly last year.

The proposed constitution would restrict executive powers and limit a president to two to five years. Time limit Mr. Would have been used as a precursor to the pharaoh, so he would have only been allowed one more term.

That fact must be taken into account. ” Its final report was originally scheduled to be delivered in July, but was delayed until September and then delayed again.

“We have the truth,” said Baba Hydra, who has long campaigned for justice for the 2004 assassination of his father, newspaper editor Deida Hydra. “It simply came to our notice then. I want justice for my father, justice for all the victims in Jammu and justice for the entire Gambian community.

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