The Gambian government said it was ready on May 25 to try former dictator Yahya Jammeh and dozens of people accused of numerous crimes during more than twenty years at the helm of this small country. . The former autocratic ruler lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea and there is no extradition agreement between the two capitals.
In a statement read out to the press in Banjul, Jama 2 Justice, a coalition of victims’ organizations and human rights defenders, said, “Worry” To see that, a few days after the government committed to prosecuting Jammeh, current President Adama Barrow “He made a state visit to Equatorial Guinea and didn’t even raise the question of Jammeh’s extradition.”.
President Barrow participated in the African Union Summit held in Equatorial Guinea from 25-28 May. Government spokesman Prima Sankareh told AFP that he had subsequently extended his stay for a two-day state visit.
Mr. Sankara noted that Mr. Jammeh’s case was mentioned little during talks with his counterpart Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, but the two countries agreed to establish diplomatic relations and cooperation in various fields, including justice.
Jammeh2Justice reports on earlier promises by the president of Equatorial Guinea to protect the former Gambian despot. But they said that his country had ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture and that it was obligated as such to extradite or prosecute Mr. Jameh.
“The Gambian government could make it very difficult for Equatorial Guinea to resist a request for a sweeping extradition by winning the support of ECOWAS and the region as a whole.”particularly from countries whose nationals were allegedly murdered on Mr Jammeh’s orders, such as Ghana, she said.
Equatorial Guinea may strongly reject an application from a court backed by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), but it is up to the Gambian government to submit “motivation” In order to create such a court, she said.
A commission that investigated crimes committed under Jammeh for two years and submitted its report to the government counted between 240 and 250 deaths at the hands of the state and its agents. They include AFP correspondent and prominent figure in the national press, Dida Haidara, who was assassinated on December 16, 2004.