Ex-President Yahya Jammeh Has Denied involvement in The Death Of Migrants

Gambia Former President Yahya Jammeh
Gambia Ex-President, Yahya Jammeh

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh was accused on Monday of ordering the murder of AFP correspondent, Deyda Hydara, 15 years ago.During a public hearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a Gambian army officer admitted that he was directly involved in the murder of the journalist critical of Yahya Jammeh’s regime.

Deyda Hydara was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in his car on the outskirts of the capital Banjul in December 2004.

A Gambian soldier has admitted to participating in the 2005 execution of around 50 migrants on the orders of former President Yahya Jammeh, who is reported to have feared the men had come to overthrow him.

Lt Malick Jatta was giving testimony before the country’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) which is investigating atrocities committed during Mr Jammeh’s 22-year rule.

He earlier admitted involvement in the murder of the journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004 on the orders of the former president.

Mr Jammeh – who now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea – always denied any involvement in the deaths of the migrants or the journalist.

Lt Jatta’s confession corroborates the findings of human rights activists and campaign groups including Human Rights Watch.

Its report said the West African migrants, who were headed for Europe, were arrested and executed after the boat they had boarded in Senegal landed in The Gambia.