EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Director of Civil Litigation and International law (CLIL) at the Ministry of Justice, Tuesday submitted a commission of inquiry report of the April 10 and 11 2000 student demonstration to the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).
Binga Dinshiya submitted the report, named public disturbance report on behalf of the Solicitor General and Legal Secretary.
The April 2000 student massacre was the killing of 14 people (and one accidental death) by Gambian police officers and soldiers on the 10 April 2000 at a student protest. The protest had been called following two separate incidents – the beating to death of secondary school student Ebrima Barry by firefighters, and the rape of a 13-year-old girl by a uniformed police officer – and the lack of investigation of both of those incidents.
Despite firing live ammunition into the protesters after government buildings had been damaged, no charges have been brought against those involved, and the Yahya Jammeh government suppressed commemoration of the event. Adama Barrow’s government has since promised to investigate the shooting.
The Commission was instituted by the former president Yahya Jammeh to look into the public disturbance of April 10 and 11 student demonstration that ensued from the death of Ebrima Barry and rape of a 13-year-old Girl from Brikamaba Upper and Senior Secondary School by officers of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) around the Stadium.
After the submitting the report to the TRRC legal team, the Commission tendered the documents as evidence.