Hydara, son of the late prominent journalist Deyda Hydara who was killed by
Ex-President Yahya Jammeh’s hit squad
(the ‘junglers’) has expressed his outrage with the Attorney General and
Minister of Justice’s recommendation to release the three confessed killers.
The Justice minister last week in a letter sent to the Gambia Armed Forces recommended the release of Amadou Badjie, Malick Jatta and Omar Jallow, all members of the black cops who were perceived to be truthful in their testimonies before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).
On Monday the AG in a press conference clarified that the release of the three junglers does not constitute amnesty.
However, Mr. Hydara was appalled by the minister’s recommendation, claiming they even tried to dissuade him from the decision.
“First of all we are very disappointed in this decision that the attorney general decided and that is to release these confessed murderers into our streets; into our communities, he said.
“Since last week we had our meeting with the AG himself, trying to dissuade him to rescind the decision but in vain.”
He expressed his disappointment in the justice minister’s decision, saying they were promised that amnesty could only be granted by the TRRC after the end of the entire truth telling process. He said he knows they are not granted amnesty but they were told that people who committed gross human rights violations like the junglers would not be easily released but to his surprise they will now be walking freely in the streets even though the TRRC is ongoing.
He disagrees with Justice minister’s comment that the junglers should be treated humanely, saying they deserved to be punished for their crimes not be freely working in the society describing it as “worrying.”
“Now you are a mass murderer they let you go scot free and somebody who stole maybe an egg or ten dalasi somewhere is kept in jail, tell me the justice of all this, tell me what is fair,” he enquired.
Mr. Hydara also said that this is a very serious decision and claimed people should be careful because this could jeopardise all the good work the TRRC has done.