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Published On: Tue, Apr 23rd, 2024

Minister Of Justice Tables Bills For Prosection Of Crimes During Jammeh’s Regime 

The minister of justice, Justice Dawda Jallow yesterday at the National Assembly tabled  two bills that would allow the prosecution of crimes committed during the Yahya Jammeh regime. The bills are the Special Accountability Mechanism (TRRC) Bill and the Special Prosecutors Office Bill. The two bills are intended to provide frameworks and guiding principles for the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for serious human rights violations including former president Yahya Jammeh as recommended by the truth commission, TRRC.

These two bills will ensure the establishment of a special prosecutor’s office which would be headed by a special Prosecutor who will be appointed the president on the recommendation of a selection panel and he or she shall be an individual of high moral character, impartiality and integrity, highly competent in and possessing extensive practical experience in the prosecution of domestic and international criminal cases and an internationalised special tribunal that will focus on prosecuting crimes with international dimension.

The special prosecutor’s office will have the power to determine which cases to bring before the internationalised Special Tribunal or before the Special Criminal Division of the High Court which will prosecute crimes under Gambian law the office will also have the mandate to take custody of all materials, data and information gathered, received and produced by the TRRC.

The Special Tribunal will be established by an international treaty signed between Gambia and Ecowas or another suitable regional or international organisation. 

The Tribunal will have jurisdiction over international and domestic crimes and the power to adopt its own rules of procedure and evidence to reflect international precedent and best practice.

The bill was brought to assembly with a seal of urgency and therefore expected to be passed on the very day.

The bills received wide spread support from the NAMs with only two not in support.

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