Saturday, February 29, 2020

Two Soldiers Detained for 1,034 Days

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By Mustapha Jallow

Ismaila Jammeh, a Warrant Officer Class 1 (WOC1) and Alieu Jeng also a Warrant Officer Class 1 (WOC1) are still under detention at a military camp for one thousand thirty-four days (1,034) days now without any court trial.

According to a military source, he has been so concerned about the detention without end of these two members of GAF. He urged the authorities to review the long-term detention of these detainees and address them amicably.

“For how long would they be held in custody without any charge?’’ he asked. “Since they appeared before the truth commission, they are yet to know their fate,’’ he added.
He said: “I can’t really, describe what I feel for these two, being taken away from their loved ones for nearly 3 years.’’ “They have families to look after, especially their children,” he empathised.

Urgent steps must be taken by relevant authorities to prevent further detention without end, according to the source.

However, the army spokesperson Major Lamin K. Sanyang referred the reporter to minister of justice and the attorney general for comment on the issue of these two.
“We are only keeping them for the justice minister,’’ he explained.

It could be recalled that WOC1 Jammeh, was arrested and detained at Yundum Barracks on Friday, 17th March, 2017.

He was picked-up by the military police and taken to the Guards Battalion in Fajara, where he spent days before he was finally transferred to another detention centre.

Jeng, on the other hand, who was residing at Hamza Barracks, was also arrested in 2017, immediately after the departure of the former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh.

The ex-bodyguard of former vice President Madam Isatou Njie-Saidy, was part of the soldiers who were selected for peacekeeping mission to Darfur in 2017.

But the soldier’s name was later taken off the list and he got arrested on the orders of ex-CDS Ousman Badgie.

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