The Gambia minister of justice has warned that the Former dictator Yahya Jammeh would face immediate arrest if he returned home return from exile.
Abubacarr Tambadou said, after a year of hearings, investigating into abuses during his 22-year rule, “it can no longer be ruled out that crimes against humanity have been committed in The Gambia”.
“There will be the accountability of the highest order for these crimes and I assure the victims that it is now only a question of when, and not if,” he added.
Only if the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission ruled otherwise, “if former President Yahya Jammeh, ever comes back to this country, he will face immediate arrest and charges of the most serious kind”.
On Thursday, thousands of his supporters demonstrated in the capital Banjul, demanding his return to the country and to active politics.
They argue he has a right to return under a joint statement from the African Union, the Economic Community of the West African States and the United Nations, published at the time of his exile.
Those in power at the time known by the Commission will face certain prosecution in the most serious form”, said Tambadou.