EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Proceedings of The Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparation Commission (TRRC) will fully be bound by monitoring of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In appreciation of her invitation to the launching of the commission today in Banjul, Gambian born Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensuda pledged to activate watchful eye of on the truth, reconciliation and repatriation process in the country.
The commission is one of President Barrow’s greatest commitments since he came to power following the fall of 22year rule of the APRC government under Yahya Jammeh in December 2016.
Shortly after the change in government, Gambia recommitted itself into the ICC from which the former president pulled out.
“My office will be following the developments with the commission with great interest”, she said at the launching. She added that the ICC is prepared to “undertake its independent and impartial mandate under the Rome statue with conviction and dedication as it does in all situations where we have jurisdiction with full respect for the principles of complementarity.”
The chief prosecutor stated that, those responsible for alleged serious criminalities during the Jammeh regime must face justice in a properly constituted court of law that abides by and applies the highest standards of judicial administration.
“When confronted with atrocity crimes that shocked the consent of humanity, there is no justifiable reason to look the other way or to entertain immunities.”
In its work with partners, the ICC, she said, looks to close the impunity gap as it stand ready to assist the Gambia in this notable effort in any way deemed helpful and feasible with full respect for their respective and independent mandates.
In her view, the TRRC is a crucial national criminal jurisdictions acting as the first bulwark against impunity.