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Exiled Yahya Jammeh has my forgiveness but… - Ex-political prisoner

Exiled Yahya Jammeh has my forgiveness but… - Ex-political prisoner


A leading member of the then opposition coalition that defeated Yahya Jammeh as Gambian president, says he has forgiven the former president and that he will not personally pursue him.

Ousainou Darboe, leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) was only recently released from detention after Jammeh lost the December 1, 2016 elections, he was speaking to a BBC journalist currently based in The Gambia.

He however adds that he would not object to the former leader facing the International Criminal Court (ICC) if there is evidence that he committed crimes that warrants him being hurled to the Hague.

Despite pleading not guilty to charges of unlawful assembly, Darboe and 17 others were sentenced to three years in prison in July 2016 by a High Court in Banjul. They were arrested after demonstrations in April calling for political reforms and to protest against the death of an official of the UDP in custody.

The national organizing secretary of the UDP, Solo Sandeng, was arrested after the April 14 demonstration and he died while in detention. His death sparked the April 16 demonstration which resulted in more arrests including that of Darboe.

Jammeh is currently on exile in Equatorial Guinea after accepting last minute mediation efforts by Guinea and Mauritanian presidents. Regional troops had been deployed by ECOWAS ready to force Jammeh out of power if the mediation failed.

ECOWAS and other international bodies had lauded Jammeh for accepting the election results but soon after his decision to reject the results, they condemned his action and insisted on enforcing the will of the Gambian voters.

The swearing in of President Adama Barrow had to be done in the Senegalese capital of Banjul because of political uncertainty and fears of insecurity. Barrow flew out to Bamako before returning to Senegal where he stayed for about a week prior to his swearing-in. He is billed to return to Banjul this Thursday.

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