(JollofNews) – The government of the Gambia will seek the extradition of the country’s former minister of the Interior, Ousman Sonko, from Switzerland, new Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty said on Friday.
Mr Sonko was arrested in January by Swiss authorities following a request for asylum.
His arrest was triggered by a complaint from Geneva-based non-governmental organisation, Trial International, in connection with his alleged role in the arrest, torture and disappearance of opponents of the former Gambian regime of Yahya Jammeh.
Although Mr Sonko is yet to be formally charged with any crime, the Government of the Gambia wants to question him in connection with the torture and enforced disappearances of Gambians including Solo Sandeng, organising secretary of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Mr Sandeng was killed in state custody last April following his arrest for taking part in an unauthorised protest against the Jammeh regime. His remains were exhumed on Wednesday and currently undergoing examination at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.
“The Ministry of the Interior intensifies its investigations into enforced disappearances as the unmarked grave of the late Patriot Mr. Sandeng was discovered and remains exhumed – inconceivably painful experience,” Interior Minister Fatty wrote on his Facebook page.
” The Missing Persons Panel I constituted continues to work on all leads around the country, and fourteen junglers are under custody, some already on trial for torture and murder, including former NIA DG Yankuba Badjie. I have authorized and invoked international criminal repatriation cooperation processes regarding those out of the jurisdiction for fugitives like Ousman Sonko, etc, and there is success with Bora Colley.”
Ousman Sonko was the enforcer of the Jammeh regime. The former army captain once named himself a ‘Bai Faal’ key follower of Mr Jammeh who is eager and ready to execute his command.
He regarded the opposition as a bunch of troublemakers and unpatriotic Gambians who want to destroy the achievements of the Jammeh regime.