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Forensic scientists identify remains of Solo Sandeng, 3 others

Justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou

The forensic scientists have identified the remains Solo Sandeng, a Gambian opposition activists who died in state custody after he was arrested for protesting for election law reform in April 2016.

Country’s justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou told journalists on Monday that the team of forensic scientists came with support from Justice Rapid Response, an international NGO working in the area of international criminal justice.

“The forensic scientists, in cooperation with the Gambia Police Force forensic unit, conducted examinations on the human remains that were exhumed sometime last year including the presumed remains of Solo Sandeng,” Tambadou said.

“Preliminary results have positively identified the remains as those of Solo Sandeng and three of the December 30th incident, ie, Njagga Jagne, Lamin Sanneh, and Alhaji Jaja Nyass. However, these results are still subject to confirmation which we hope to receive soon.”

Currently, eight former agents of the National Intelligence Agency are standing trial for the death of the killed activist Sandeng.

Meanwhile, Tambadou has also told journalists that they are working in ensuring that the commission that is established to probe the human rights past of the former dictator Yahya Jammeh starts work in August.

He also told journalists that they have issued advertisements for the position of commissioner to the National Human Rights Commission.

On the fertilizer scandal, the minister said they are still reviewing the case and will advise the president accordingly.

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