Victims’ Center: Government will fail if Jammeh is authorised to return to Gambia un-arrested

EYTEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations, Monday said in a statement that they are worried and concern over the recent social media whatsapp audio message of former President Yaya Jammeh in conversation with his APRC party inner circles in the country, in which he assured his supporters and party militants of his return to The Gambia.

“If former president Jammeh is authorized to return to The Gambia without being arrested, charged and prosecuted for his crimes or transferred to another state for him to face justice, it would be a big failure on the part of the Government of The Gambia to uphold its duty to the people of Gambia.”

In the audio message that went viral, Mr Jammeh could be heard advising his APRC party interim leader and one-time major leader of the National Assembly, Fabakary Tombong Jatta to ensure that their militants remain obedient and not to initiate violence, saying there are a party of construction not destruction.

Mr Jammeh assured his supporters of his imminent return, citing an agreement that he claimed was signed between himself, the Government of The Gambia, the United Nations, The African Union and ECOWAS in January 2017 to end the month-long political impasse triggered by his refusal to step down after he lost the elections.

“Following the evident in the on-going TRRC, Dictator Jammeh was accused of serious allegations of human rights violations. He is accused of mass killings, sexual abuses, disappearances, maiming, torture of Gambians, Senegalese, Ghanaians’, Nigerians and citizens of The United States of America, which destroyed the lives, hopes and aspirations of so many people,” the Center stated.

The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations -The Victims’ Center- was formally launched in April 2017 following broad consultations with concerned citizens and friends of The Gambia, Gambia Government officials and civic society organizations.

The Center was registered as a non-profit organization registered under the Companies Act 2013, Company to provide support to the victims in terms of psychological and medical treatment and educational support to the victims’ children and channels their grievances for onward advocacy, engagement and possible redress in collaboration with both governmental and non-governmental bodies, UN Agencies and donors engaged in the fight against impunity and for truth, justice and accountability.

The Center further stated that the Commission of Inquiry which  look into the financial dealings of former Mr Yahya Jammeh and his close associates has shown that he stole a billion dalasis, over 304 million Dollars, over 29 million Euros, and over two-million-pound sterling from The Gambia.”

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