Gambia: Bad news for former President Yahya Jammeh

Gambia: Bad news for former President Yahya Jammeh

The Gambian government has announced the upcoming trial of former President Yahya Jammeh for what it called “the myriad crimes” he committed during his rule.

The 57-year-old faces several charges, including corruption, serious human rights violations, murders, disappearances and imprisonment, targeting opponents and journalists.

It follows a report by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, which investigated abuses that took place during his 22 years in power.

Mr Jammeh came to power in a military coup in 1994, and ruled until 2017 when he went into exile after a shock electoral defeat.

The former president now lives in Equatorial Guinea, which, according to the AFP news agency, has no extradition treaty with The Gambia.

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