Former orderly to Sanna Sabally, JCB Mendy, charged with murder
John Charles Mendy was a witness to three executions of soldiers on the 10 and 11 of November 1994 but he admitted participating in only one before the Truth Commission. He is also the only witness before the Commission who spoke very kindly of Sanna Sabally, describing the former junta member as “religious” and “honest”.
John Charles Mendy, a former orderly to ex lieutenant Sanna Sabally who admitted participation in the execution of Abdoulie Faal and Basiru Barrow at Fajara Barracks, has been charged with murder by police investigators.
The police spokesperson Lamin Njie has told Kerr Fatou that investigation is still ongoing and Mendy could have his day in court any day from now.
Earlier a source in the prosecution department has informed Kerr Fatou that Mendy’s files could reach their desk before the end of day today or tomorrow morning.
Mendy was a witness to three executions of soldiers on the 10 and 11 of November 1994 but he admitted participating in only one.
As a former orderly of Sabally, he also admitted being witness to nine tortures of private citizens by Sabally’s bodyguards and orderlies.
Sanna’s convoy is notorious for beating people who did not leave the road early as his convoy passes while he was a vice chairman.
But of the nine incidents, Mendy said he was involved in only one.
Mendy was arrested earlier this week by police as he attempted to cross the border into the southern region of Senegal, Cassamance through the Giboro/Sileti border crossing.
The justice ministry issued a statement saying they have recommended Mendy’s arrest. Mendy was a witness before the Truth Commission on 19 and 20 March.
Mendy was considered to be largely untruthful during his appearance before the Commission. It is a crime lying before the Commission.
However, this is the first person who has appeared before the Commission to be prosecuted for a crime he has already confessed.
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