As efforts to bring former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh to justice in Ghana for the massacre of over 50 West African migrants are gaining momentum, new evidences have to emerged implicating the Gambia’s former longest serving Interior Minister Ousman Sonko. Mr. Sonko was the country’s top cop who played a key role in the massacres of migrants who included 44 Ghanaians in July 2005.
Marion Volkmann of the Campaign to Bring Yahya Jammeh and his Accomplices to Justice said Thursday that Ousman Sonko was at the Naval Headquarters when the group of migrants were transferred from Barra to the capital Banjul.
“He was in constant touch with [President] Jammeh,” Marion Volkmann told journalists during a presser held at the Victims’ Centre in Kololi, some 12 km away from Banjul.
In September 2016, Mr. Sonko fell out with Yahya Jammeh but quickly ran for his life after being fired. After he had his asylum request rejected in Sweden, Sonko entered Switzerland where he remains in detention as criminal investigation into his alleged crimes are being mounted. Ousman Sonko faces several charges, including committing crimes against humanity in the Swiss capital Bern. The ‘monster with a baby face’ is believed to have coordinated one of the most tragic events in the history of a country touted the epitome of rule of law, human rights and peace. It would take Yahya Jammeh few years to completely transformed the Gambia into a dictatorship country where rights and freedoms were not respected.
“We have quite sure evidence that Ousman Sonko was coordinating the massacre of the Ghanaians and West African nationals,” Volkmann said with confidence.
Some shocking details released by Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International reveal that Sonko was instrumental in the killings that took place in July 2005.
Findings made by both organisations also reveal that other secutity chiefs were present at the Navy Command Headquarters when the migrants were ferried to Banjul.
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