Gambia issues arrest warrants for suspected killers of journalist

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A Gambian court on Friday issued international arrest warrants for two ex-soldiers suspected of murdering a journalist during the rule of former President Yahya Jammeh.

Mr. Jammeh fled into exile in January after 22 years of power marred by alleged human rights abuses.

Principal magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie issued the warrants for former Kawsu Camara and Sanna Manjang, a former colonel and major respectively.

Both suspects are thought to have been members of Mr. Jammeh’s alleged assassination squad known as the “junglers”.

The warrants are part of attempts by authorities under new President Adama Barrow to redress abuses under Mr. Jammeh, who lost an election in December but refused to step down.

West African troops entered the country to pressure him to leave power.

Veteran reporter Deyda Hydara was a critic of the government and co-owner of the independent newspaper, The Point.

He was shot dead in his car in 2004 and the murder was never explained.

Hydara for three decades also worked as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse and Reporters without Borders.

Police spokesperson, Foday Conta, said on Friday the two suspects were not currently in Gambia, adding: “The warrant is to order their arrest anywhere they may be.”

Mr. Jammeh now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

One of his ex-officials was arrested in Senegal earlier this year.

Some Gambians whose family members suffered from alleged crimes during Mr. Jammeh’s long rule have expressed frustration with what they see as a very slow justice system.(Reuters/NAN)


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