TRRC: Witness admits numerous assassinations after jail threat

Friday, August 09, 2019

The lead counsel of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), Essa Faal, has threatened to send witness, Alieu Jeng, to jail if he continues to testify false information to the commission.

Jeng is one of the members of the hit-squad (‘junglers’) of former president, Yahya Jammeh – a team that carried several unlawful executions and arrests of Gambia civilians within 22 years.

In his Thursday testimony before the TRRC, Jeng was believed to be giving false information before a jail threat was issued to make him speak the truth as he initially denied his involvement in the killing of Dawda Nyassi and Deyda Hydara, which he later admitted.

Jeng said he didn’t speak the truth because he had expected that Jungler Malick Jatta would lie before the commission and he would also have a way to blackmail the commissioners on his false testimony.

Counsel Faal warned him several times to speak the truth or he would be jailed, however, he continued his testimony which Counsel Faal described as a lie.

The witness said that he did not fully participate in the killing of Dawda Nyassi, but when Counsel Faal showed him a statement from the police that he signed, indicating that he took part in shooting the victim to death, he admitted.

After the lunch break, the witness further testified and asked for forgiveness from the commissioners as what he had initially said was based on fabrications.

He later admitted his contribution to the killings of Dawda Nyassi and Deyda Hydara and other two groups.

His testimony continues on 19 August to clarify allegations of his involvement in numerous other assassinations.

Author: Pa Modou Cham