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Jammeh’s party defies him, maintains alliance with Barrow’s party

– – The party of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has defied his opposition to an alliance entered into with current President Adama Barrow. President Barrow formed his own political party months ago ahead of presidential elections next year. That alliance has been criticized by many especially victims of brutalities under ex-leader Jammeh who are seeking justice. For the first time Yahya Jammeh who is living in exile spoke about the alliance rejected it. From Equatorial Guinea he told his supporters in the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC)…

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Gambia: Jammeh’s ally sentenced to death by hanging

– – Yankuba Touray, an ally of Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh has been sentenced to death by hanging. Touray was charged with murder for his role in the killing of former finance Minister Ousman Koro Ceesay. On Wednesday a high Court judge in Banjul found Touray guilty of murder in what was considered the most anticipated judgement in the post-Jammeh era. His Counsel in October 2020 requested the High Court to discharge him of the accusation on grounds that, as a member of the Junta at the time of…

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Gambia: Commission uncovered ex-President’s alleged crimes

– – Testimony before a Gambian truth commission linking former president Yahya Jammeh to numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office should be followed by criminal accountability, Human Rights Watch said today with the release of a video, “Truth and Justice in Gambia.” On May 27, 2021, the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) is scheduled to conclude over two years of publicly televised sessions. Victims and former government officials who testified at the hearings, which began in January 2019, tied Jammeh to the killing and torture of political opponents, the murder of about 59…

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Germany detains Gambian driver of Jammeh’s ‘hit-squad unit’

– – A Gambian man has been detained in Germany for alleged role in some killings under ex-president Yahya Jammeh. The man Bai L, according to German police is suspected of participating in crimes against humanity while serving as driver for the feared paramilitary unit of Jammeh. He is accused of driving officers from the paramilitary unit known as the Junglers to carry out treacherous acts. The Junglers unit has been described as a hit squad for Mr Jammeh, executing several killings of his opponents under is orders. Among some…

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Gambia: Commission uncovers Yahya Jammeh’s alleged crimes

A Gambian truth commission has heard testimony that former president Yahya Jammeh was responsible for numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office. Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that these crimes include ordering the killing and torture of political opponents, the murder of 56 West African migrants, and “witch hunts” in which hundreds of women were arbitrarily detained. Jammeh also allegedly participated in the rape and sexual assault of women brought to him. On December 5, 2019, the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) will conclude its first year…

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Gambia releases draft constitution for public review

Gambians now have the chance to make input into a draft constitution that is to reform the country’s political system and way of life. On Friday the government released the document to the public for discussions and reviews. This is part of ongoing processes to get Gambia a new post-Jammeh era constitution that gives the country a fresher way of doing things. President Adama Barrow took over from former President Yahya Jammeh in 2017 but the country wants to banish any footprint of Jammeh hoping for new beginning. The current…

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How ex-Jammeh ally tortured and killed political opponents

A former key ally of former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh has admitted to supervising the arrest, torture and killing of opposition politicians and critics of the previous regime. The former army captain Edward Singhateh has narrated harrowing stories of how he arrested, tortured and executed suspected political opponents. According to Singhateh, many critics of Jammeh were arrested and never meant to be kept prisoners but executed. Although in some instances he claimed he didn’t pull his trigger to shoot dead people, he admitted responsibility for those crimes. He has been…

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Gambia: Jammeh ally admits to killing alleged ‘coup plotters’

A former senior Gambian politician has admitted that he played a role in the killings of some soldiers accused of plotting a coup to overthrow former President Yahyah Jammeh. Edward Singhateh told the country’s truth commission that he was responsible for the execution of soldiers accused of the said coup shortly after Jammeh came into power. Singhateh was one of four junior officers who carried out the coup in 1994 that brought Mr Jammeh to power. He said months later 11 soldiers were accused of launching a counter-coup and were…

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Gambia: Jammeh’s party demands return of seized assets

The party of former President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh is demanding the return of seized assets it said did not belong to the former leader. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the interim leader of the APRC party told journalists on Thursday that the government of the Gambian must return the assets seized from the party immediately. Mr Jatta also demanded that the government releases bank accounts belonging to the party since they didn’t belong to Yaya Jammeh. Many assets belonging to Yahya Jammeh have been seized by the state pending auctioning since…

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Ex-Gambian President Jawara dies aged 95

Former Gambian President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara has been reported dead. Jawara passed away on Tuesday at the age of 95 after a short illness. He was born on March 16, 1924 in Barajally in macChatty to Almamy Jawara and Mama Fatty. Jawara studied veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1953. After his return to The Gambia, he became principal veterinary officer of that British colony in 1957. But in 1959 he became interested in politics and later joined the…

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