Justice Minister Justifies Stance On Releasing Jungulers

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambedou has defended the decision to of his ministry to set free three members of former president Yahya Jammeh’s jungulers.

Two weeks ago, a leaked letter from the ministry of justice signed by Solicitor general Cherno Marena urged the Gambia Armed Force to release Malick Jatta, Omar Jallow and Amadou Badjie who all confessed before the TRRC to taking part in multiple killings in a brutal manner of innocent people. They have been in custody without trial for over two and half years.

In a press conference held on this subject the Minister of Justice said the release of the men is in line with the goal to establish the truth about every death, torture, and disappearances.

“We have come a long way together and we must continue to push on. Let us make every effort to establish the truth about all the victims and not just some. Every victim family deserves to know the truth about their loved ones. My goal is to establish the truth about every death, every torture, and every disappearance, and all my efforts, including the release of the three men, are geared towards achieving that objective.

In his assessment, the commitment of these jungulers to assist the country when there are a lot who have refused to speak the truth is worth marking out.

“They were encouraged to assist this country, particularly the victims’ families, find answers that have eluded us for many years, and they voluntarily did so. There are others in detention who are still refusing to assist us establish the truth and it will be unwise to treat those who have assisted us the same way. The cooperation of these three men has been very critical to the TRRC processand this should be recognized.”

Asked about the security of the jungulers upon release, Hon Tambedou said it will be unwise for anyone to take the laws into their own hands, he emphasised that anyone who does so will bear the consequences.

The testimonies of these member of the most trusted hitmen of Yahya Jammeh for the past 22 years was first of high profile revelation of the former government’s hands in the killing of veteran journalist Deyda Hydara, the 44 Ghanaians, and two Gambian born US citizens. The APRC government had denied responsibility of all these brutalities.

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