former junta member and onetime minister of Local Government Lands, Yankuba
Touray, has been charged with murder. He was arraigned before Justice Ebrima
Jaiteh of High Court of The Gambia, however, he did not take his plea,
according to judicial sources.
The offence contravenes Section 187 of the Criminal Code Cap 10 Volum 3, Laws of The Gambia 2009.
The particulars of the offence stated that Yankuba Touray sometime in the month of June 1995 at Kololi in West Coast Region of the Gambia within the jurisdiction of the honourable court and with malice aforethought caused the death of one Ousman Koro Ceesay by beating him with pestle-like object and other dangerous weapons and thereby committing an offence.
Mr. Touray’s charge came following his refusal to testify before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) – an institution set up to establish the truth and reconcile Gambians after 22 years of oppressive growth. He claimed to have constitutional immunity and thus disregarded the legitimacy of the TRRC.
The lead council of TRRC, Essa M. Faal described Mr. Touray as the first witness to ever challenge the authorities of TRRC after refusing to give evidence before the commission last week. He was eventually arrested on the orders of the chairman of the TRRC, Dr. Lamin J. Sise.
Mr. Touray was remanded at Mile 2 and will reappear before the court on Monday 8 July 2019.