Jammeh Trial ‘Achievable’ Say #Jammeh2Justice Activists

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Several victims of ex-Gambia leader Yaya Jammeh and human rights organizations held a meeting in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Wednesday say putting former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on trial over the alleged massacre of 56 West African migrants in 2005 was achievable. 

Present at the confab was Martin Kyere, the sole survivor of the incident which reportedly took place in The Gambia when Jammeh was in power.

“Like the Hissene Habre trial in Senegal, Jammeh’s prosecution in Ghana for the massacre of 56 migrants is possible. Such a trial would contribute to the fight against the impunity of African leaders,” said the activists, represented by Human Rights Watch’s Reed Brody (HRW), Marion Volkmann-Brandau, the Campaign Coordinator #Jammeh2Justice, and Benedict de Moerloose of TRIAL International.

During a press conference also marking the launch in Senegal of the #Jammeh2Justice campaign, the group said the Ghanaian government has instructed its ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice to study their request for a procedure towards Jammeh’s extradition to Ghana and its legal and diplomatic implications.

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