Gov’t Denies Seeking Ousman Sonko’s Extradition

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Gambia’s government is not seeking from the Swiss authorities a possible extradition of the ex-Interior minister Ousman Sonko to face trial for his crimes in Banjul, the Minister of Justice has said over the weekend.

On Thursday Swiss papers reported  that the Gambian authorities have contacted the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Switzerland requesting for a probable extradition of Ousman Sonko, However, Justice Minister Baboucarr Tambadou said their cooperation with the Swiss authorities is not for the extradition of Sonko.

“We are cooperating in their investigations and prosecution of Ousman Sonko [in Switzerland],” he told The Point Newspaper on the sidelines of the launch of the consultations on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRRC) over the weekend. 

For reminding the remand of former Gambian Minister of the Interior Ousman Sonko was once again extended for a period of three months. The former Minister is suspected of crimes against humanity.

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