Gambia: Pressure mounts on Barrow to bring Jammeh to trial

By Marième Soumaré
Posted on Thursday, 15 September 2022 11:30

Adama Barrow and Yahya Jammeh. ©Jeune Afrique montage: Benoit Tessier/REUTERS; Thierry Gouegnon/REUTERS

The Gambian president has pledged to try those responsible for the crimes committed during the dictatorship of his predecessor Yahya Jammeh, including the former autocrat himself. Will Jammeh be extradited? More details on the mechanism in place.

The Gambian government officially committed itself last May to implementing the recommendations of the Truth Commission, which established which of the Jammeh regime’s dignitaries were responsible for what. Jammeh himself is accused of numerous crimes (murder, torture, rape, arbitrary detention), along with senior officials and members of the “Junglers”, who acted as a death squad during his time in power. The report by the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Committee, which was presented to the president and made public in December, is based on the testimony from victims and the witnesses of crimes committed from 1994 to 2017. No less than 265 recommendations have been made and the 70 alleged perpetrators are to be prosecuted.