Ex Gambian president likely to face justice for his alleged injustice and crimes during his 22year reign as an international campaign has been launched for that sole purpose.
The campaign involves both victims of Jammeh’s regime, local and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
Amongst the accusation meted at him, the one at the fore front of the campaign is the ordering, killing and disappearance of political opponents on countless occasions. Newspaper reports list dozens of individuals who have disappeared after being picked up by men in plain-clothes, and others who have languished under indefinite detention for months or years without charge or trial.
Another is the shooting of students on 10 and 11 April 2000, where the 52 year old was accused of ordering the killing of 14 students and a journalist during a demonstration to protest the death of a student in the country.
In March 2009 Amnesty International reported that up to 1,000 Gambians had been abducted by government-sponsored “witch doctors” on charges of witchcraft, and taken to detention centres where they were forced to drink poisonous concoctions.
Confirming these, On 21 May 2009, The New York Times reported that the alleged witch-hunting campaign had been sparked by Gambia’s 2nd president, who attributed the death of his aunt earlier that year to witchcraft.
Currently exiled in Equatorial Guinea after accepting a mediation by Guinea and Mauritanian presidents. The campaign demands an extradition of Jammeh to face trials bank in The Gambia. Noted an international rights group, Human Right Watch (HRW).
“We will do whatever it takes to get justice, no matter how long it takes,” said Fatoumatta Sandeng, campaign spokesperson and daughter of Solo Sandeng, a Jammeh opponent who died in April 2016 while in the custody of the now defunct National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
“In those days, he used to defend the rights of many Gendarmes who for one reason or another had felt apart with the Gendarmerie command and administration and were brought to the [Military Police] for either investigation or punishment. What actually made him changed into the biggest violator of the human and civil rights of ordinary Gambian citizens is beyond my comprehension” noted retired captain Bunja Darboe.
“This campaign sends a strong message: no African dictator, no leader suspected of crimes against humanity, must believe himself above the law or safe from justice,” another official from the campaign, Mohamed Bouamatou, a Mauritanian businessman said.
The campaign has prompted a government committee to look into the former president’s financial deals which are said to have cost the country millions of dollars.