By Buba Gagigo
The Barrow administration consented to prosecute former Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy for the alleged arbitrary arrests, detentions, tortures, injuries, and killings of the student demonstrators in April 10-11 2000.
“The Government accepts the recommendation of the Commission; that former Vice President Isatou Njle Saidy, Baboucarr Jatta, and Ousman Badjie be prosecuted for the arbitrary arrests, detentions, tortures, injuries, and killings of the demonstrators,” the Gov’t White Paper said.
The paper added that the Government also agreed to ban the former VP from holding public office for a period of ten (10) years; and banned her former boss (Yahya Jammeh) for life for their roles in the ‘massacre’ of the students on 10 and 11 April 2000.
The former army chief, Baboucar Jatta too, is listed among those to be prosecuted and banned from holding public office for a period of ten (10) years for the unlawful arrests, detention torture, injury, and killing of the demonstrators, the paper stated.
Barrow administration further agreed to prosecute one Abdou Giri Njie for his unlawful arrest, detention, torture, and unlawful shooting resulting in the deaths and injury of two students Sainey Nybally and Ousman Sabally on the day.
The commission’s recommendation to remove Corporal Lamin Camara from office, if he is currently employed and to ban him from holding any public office for a period of five (5) years for knowingly providing false information, is also approved by the Gov’t.
The April 10 and 11 2000 Student demonstration in The Gambia resulted in the physical assault, and later death of a 15-year-old Grade 10 student Ebrima Barry at Forster’s Technical High School in Brikama in the West Coast Region (WCR) and the rape of an Upper Basic School girl.