Jammeh should not be taken to ICC
January 11, 2019
Sheikh Sidia Bayo, the France-born well-known activist of Gambian origin, has said Gambians should not rely on the International Criminal Court to prosecute former president Yahya Jammeh.
“ICC is not a solution for Jammeh’s case. Gambians can do it; we have good lawyers who served in lots of international institutions. We have all the means to prosecute Jammeh in The Gambia. It’s a matter of decision from the political leaders,” Bayo, who set up Gambia National Transitional Council in the twilight years of the Jammeh presidency stated.
Bayo who once publicly bluffed he would militarily attack Jammeh, said Gambians should forgive the former ruler but admitted some of his victims may find it “difficult to forgive” him for the brutality and excesses he commanded. “The Gambia needs to set up a special court for Jammeh. There are commissions going on and we know Jammeh will be involved in lot of bad deeds that happened in The Gambia, therefore a special court should be set up to judge him.”
But he said Gambian political leaders should forgive Jammeh “to achieve the main goal which is to reconcile the Gambian people”. Bayo, who announced the suspension of all his political activities, said he will continue to play his role which is to observe and help the current government maintain peace and security in the country. “When I met the president recently, I told him to unite the country. On my part, my role is to facilitate investment in The Gambia.”
Read the full interview with Mr Bayo on the Friday, 18 January edition of Bantaba.