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Gambia: Five paramilitary officers indicted for killing of protesters


The Government said the families of those who were killed and those who sustained injuries or lost their properties will be compensated by the state. Though it is not clear how much is involved but Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said a committee will be established to handle the compensation matters.

The Commission of Inquiry into the Faraba incident that killed three unarmed protesters have indicted five paramilitary officers as responsible for the loss of lives, the justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou said on Wednesday.

Natives of Faraba protesting against sand mining in their community have clashed with police in June 2018 killing three people and wounding several others. Faraba was seen as the first major test for the country’s young democracy that is struggling to put behind its troubling past.

The three-month inquiry into the killings led by human rights lawyer Emmanuel Daniel Joof said the paramilitary who shot the protesters have “acted alone” in the allege killing of Bakary Kujabi, Ismaila Bah and Amadou Jawo.

The justice minister said based of the Commission’s findings, the police and the ministry will launch a formal investigation to prosecute the five officers.

They are ASP Musa Fatty, PC Musa Badgie, PC Nuha Colley, 1st Class Momodou Jallow and Superintendent Babucarr Cham.

The justice minister made the revelations at his ministry with government spokesperson Ebrima Sankareh and secretary general Ebrima Camara.

The minister said the government has also suspended the directors of National Environment Agency and Geology Department, Momodou J. Suwareh and Abdoulie Cham respectively.

Based on the recommendations of the Report, the Government as also removed the Alkallo of Faraba from his post, Nuha Badgie.

The Government has also recommended to the Brikama Area Council to dissolve the Village Development Committee of Faraba.

The justice minister said dissolving the VDC and removing the Alkalo, two institutions whose failure has partly caused the incident will have a healing power to unite the people.

The Government has also suspended mining in Faraba, indefinitely.

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