…..as police give update on search for secret graves
By Lamin Cham
The Crime Management Coordinator at the Gambia Police Baboucar Sarr yesterday revealed that his office is currently investigating 30 cases of alleged disappearances or suspected killings committed during the past regime of Ex-President Yahya Jammeh.
Key among the investigators’ assignment, he said, is the search for secret graves.
The CMC who was updating the media on the investigations at a joint press conference with the Army and State House, disclosed that out of a total of 30 cases filed by members of the public, his investigators have established solid leads that led to the discovery of seven suspected secret graves. ”As you may know already we started with the grave of the late Solo Sandeng and on Friday the bodies of three people, believed to be the December 30 attackers were exhumed and others will be exhumed in the near future,” he said. He clarified that all acts by the police dealing with the exhumation are done according to the requirements of the Coroner.
The police chief investigator further disclosed that a total of ten suspected ‘Junglers’ are currently under detention helping investigators. ”They are being detained under the Armed Forces Act,” he said.
Sarr however declined to give further details as to the nature of the other cases being investigated or the identities of the alleged ‘junglers’ on the run. ”We cannot give specific information on the investigation as you know that may jeopardise the whole exercise,” he noted.
The Army PRO Lt Col. Omar Bojang in response to a question as to how long the ‘Junglers’ will stay in detention, replied that under the Armed Forces Act suspects may be held for an extended time renewable as the need might arise.
The press briefing was attended by Police PRO Foday Conta, Commissioner of Operations Landing Bojang and was chaired by Amie Bojang Sissoho, Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of the President. Two family members of the late Lamin Sanneh and Njaga Jagne attended too.