A Gambian court sentenced Yankuba Badjie, the country’s former intelligence chief, to death for the murder of a political activist in 2016 under former President Yahya Jammeh.
Four other security agents face the same penalties.
The activist, Ebrima Solo Sandeng – a leading figure in the opposition United Democratic Party – had been arrested during anti-government protests.
He died in prison two days later, having been beaten and tortured.
High Court Judge Kumba Sillah-Camara gave his verdict after finding M Badjie guilty of murdering the activist
Yankuba Badjie was Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency under former President Yahya Jammeh from December 2013 to 2016.