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Saturday, June 19, 2021

The AG and the release of the Junglers

A lot has been sad in the past week or so on the issue of the controversial release of the Junglers by the minister of justice, Mr Abubacarr Tambadou.

Many citizens have condemned the release saying that it shows lack of concern and insensitivity to the victims of these Junglers. They accuse the minister of taking unilateral decisions which can affect the victims negatively.

However, it is important to say here that the release of the Junglers is not an amnesty nor is it forgiveness.

That is in the hands of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission to recommend.

The release is pending what the TRRC says when they complete the work they are doing.

Some members of the public have sharply criticized this decision but then it has to be kept in view that the main objective of the Truth Commission is to effect reconciliation and avoid a repetition of the human rights violations that beset the nation for twenty-two years.

Thus, it is always necessary to look at the big picture.

In the final analysis, taking the junglers to a court of law now may not serve justice as it may be hindered by lack of evidence and that would be injustice to the victims.

Meantime, if they continue to be incarcerated indefinitely, the government will be guilty of the very thing it is fighting.

Citizens are therefore urged to exercise a little more patience and wait for the right time to take appropriate action.

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