‘Touray is 1st witness to challenge TRRC authority’

Friday, June 28, 2019

Barrister Ensa M. Faal, the lead counsel at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), on Wednesday told journalists that Yankuba Touray was the first one that challenged the authority of the TRRC.

Lawyer Ensa Faal made this revelation during a press conference shortly after Yankuba Touray refused to testify before the Commission.

Lawyer Faal disclosed that the TRRC offers platform to discern what had happened in the past years of Yahya Jammeh government, pointing out that Yankuba Touray was contemptuous.

Barister Faal emphasised that the essence of the Commission is for people to come and present themselves before the Commission and say all that they know.

He stated that TRRC is a not witch-hunting exercise and that appearance of a witness before the said Commission is not the time for any witness to come and invoke immunity.

He advised members of the general public to respect Yankuba Touray’s rights and maintain decorum.

He cautioned that it is absolutely wrong for anyone to threaten, insult or attack Yankuba Touray and his family.

“Do not take the law into your hands and it is wrong for anyone to attack Mr. Touray and members of his family,” he cautioned.

Ensa Faal highlighted that the law which gave immunity to the AFPRC junta members was discriminatory, adding that the law did not give immunity to people like Musa Jammeh whom they used to carry out their barbaric act.

He suggested that Yankuba Touray should have requested for immunity before the High Court before his TRRC appearance.

He stated that the Commission encourages civilized behaviour from witnesses and lamented the fact that Yankuba Touray’s behaviour was contemptuous.

He further stated that a referral would be prepared and submitted to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for the prosecution of Yankuba Touray.

Lawyer Faal disclosed that since the Attorney General and Minister of Justice is the architect of the Transitional Justice System, the Commission is optimistic that the Attorney General would make his decision independently.

He, however, revealed that the Commission would resume sitting on 7 July, 2019.