By Almamao Kamaso
Former President Jammeh and three other members of the AFPRC to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity including the murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay, these men included Edward Singhatey, Yankuba Touray and Peter Singhateh for their role in the premeditated murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay and also subverting the course of justice by covering up their crime. The truth Commission also found Yankuba Touray cupable for his part in the murder. Touray has already been indicted for the murder of Koro Ceesay in his individual capacity and was convicted of the murder of Koro at the High Court of The Gambia on 14th July 2021. As such, no recommendation is made against him.
The truth commission in its recommendations for the low level perpetrators such as Alagie Kanyi, BK Jatta, Pa Alieu Gomez, notes that they may qualify amnesty under the provisions of the Act. 4. For low level perpetrators such as Alagie Kanyi, BK Jatta, Pa Alieu Gomez in the event that they are granted amnesty, the Commission recommends that they are banned from holding public office for a minimum period of 10 years. In its reports published the Truth Commission said The National Assembly should be given powers to initiate investigations into executive interference in the public service which may hinder lawful exercise of their functions.
In terms of the mass arrests of ex-Ministers and political opponents, the Commission recommends the prosecution of the AFPRC Junta members, namely Yahya Jammeh, Sanna B. Sabally, Edward Singhatey and Yankuba Touray for ordering the unlawful arrests, detention and torture of OJ Jallow, MC Cham and the others held at Fajara Barracks. It is recommendation that Persons subjected to detention have rights that must be respected. Any place designated as a detention facility should meet standards required by relevant laws and international instruments to which The Gambia is a party. The government should put in place procedures for designating a place as a detention centre.
The authority making such decision should ensure that: (i) The place is clean and hygienic and weather proof. (ii) The place is suitable for habitation by human beings. (iii) Essential facilities that are ordinarily required on a day-to-day basis by the detainees should be available. These include toilet facilities, prayer facilities, first aid and basic medical facilities. (iv) Bed and beddings are available. (v) Regular and intermittent supply of food and water.
The Commission established that Almamo Manneh, Baboucarr Bah, Musa Jammeh (Maliamungu), Sergeant Gomez (Hitler) and Kawsu Camara (Bombardier) were all complicit in torturing and subjecting detainees to inhuman and degrading punishment.
The Commission is of the view that the Amnesty Committee should consider recommending Baboucarr Bah for amnesty in view of his testimony and the fact that he showed remorse and participated in reconciliation with his victims.
It is known that Almamo Manneh and Musa Jammeh are deceased. For Sergeant Gomez (Hitler) and Kawsu Camara (Bombardier), the Commission recommends that they should not hold any office with the government of The Gambia for a minimum period of ten years. 5. Repeal of the Decrees susceptible to rights violations and abuses. There should be Review of all Laws that are relevant to the granting of bail with a view to establishing a regime that takes into congnisance the value of individual liberty and to balance same with the need to curb flight from justice taking into account the demands of a modern democratic state.
TRRC Recommends Jammeh & Three Others for prosecution in Koro’s Murder
By Almamao Kamaso