U.S. would like to see Jammeh face justice: Ambassador

Friday, February 23, 2018

The U.S. ambassador to The Gambia has said that her country would like to see Gambia’s ex-dictator face justice for the crimes allegedly committed during his administration.

In an exclusive with The Point yesterday, Ambassador Patricia Alsup said although extradition is usually a decision between two countries, in this case, Equatorial Guinea and The Gambia, “of course, we would like to see Jammeh brought to justice.”

In October 2017, victims of Jammeh’s regime joined by local and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) announced the campaign to bring Jammeh to justice, declaring that, “We will do whatever it takes to get justice, no matter how long it takes.”

However, former President Jammeh is living in exile in Equatorial Guinea and there is increasing calls even among non-victims for his extradition and trial. “Would the US support such efforts should Gambia decide to formally charge him for crimes committed here?” Ambassador ALsup was asked yesterday.

“Well I am not sure what you mean by support… to extradite Jammeh here is really a decision for them (Equatorial Guinea and The Gambia),” she responded.

Meanwhile, international justice analysts are also questioning the capacity of The Gambia to handle the trial of Jammeh especially during this transition, and considering legal, security and other issues.

“The trial doesn’t have to hold here. You remember that Hassan Habre was tried in Senegal. That may be a better solution for Jammeh as well, to try him outside. It is an option to consider,” she said.

Read our full interview with Ambassador Alsup next week.

Author: Sanna Camara