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TRRC Recommends Prosecution Of Former President Jammeh For Rape

Former President Jammeh

By Buba Gagigo

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) has recommended for the prosecution of former president Yahya Jammeh for the rape of Fatou Jallow (Toufa).

“The Commission recommends as follows: Prosecution of former President Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh for the rape of Fatou Jallow (Toufa), and Protected Witness DB18 and for FB17 as he (Jammeh) ordered the Junglers to give the full treatment to a protected witness FB17, which meant to rape the witness which was done and his role in other forms of SGBV,” the commission said in its report.

The Commission also recommended the prosecution of Jammeh’s Interior Minister Ousman Sonko for the rape of a teenager and harassment of five female prison officers.

“The Commission recommends Prosecution of Ousman Sonko for his role, committing rape of [name withheld], 15 year old girl in [residence withheld] and Protected Witness F and the harassment of 5 female Prison Officers of The Gambia Prison Services. Prosecution of General Solo Bojang and Captain Saihou Jallow for their roles as superior officers in directing and supervising the witch hunting exercise during which SGBV occurred.

“Prosecution of Foday Barry, Baba Saho, Kawsu Camara (Bombardier), Alagie Martin, Solo Bojang and Sheikh Omar Jeng for the multiple crimes they committed including the sexualized tortures they caried out and investigated under his theme,” the recommendations continued.

However, the commission recommends Yankuba Colley, Lang Tombong Tamba and Momodou Hydara not to be prosecuted for the violations under this theme, as they did not appear to have control over the events that were happening at the NIA in March 2006. While no recommendations are made about Daba Marena, Sainey Manneh and Manlaf Corr who are all late.

The report has also found a former prison boss wanting and recommended him be banned from taking up a government appointment for half a decade.

“David Colley shall be banned from taking up a government appointed position for 5 years for their roles as described above,” it stated.

It has recommended the government through the department of Social Welfare to provide and run facilities such as one-stop centres with more trained staff and adequate facilities to receive and assist victims.

Today’s development followed the submission of the commission’s final report to Barrow in November, after the postponement of two dates previously slated for the submission.

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