Jun 19, 2008, 6:59 AM
The Gambia government has confirmed the presence in the country of Guinea Bissau former army chief Jose Zamora Induta, and former interior minister Fernando Gomes, who all fled Bissau following recent political upheavals in that country.
A statement from the presidency in
Media reports last Sunday quoted a local government official in
According to the Senegalese local government official, Induta and his companions had stayed in a hotel in the main Casamance town of Ziguinchor overnight Thursday, and had left for Banjul the following morning, denying earlier reports they had been arrested.
Reports also quoted a
A diplomatic source in
Induta was ousted as military chief two years ago by General Antonio Indaj, considered the man behind the April coup, launched in between the first and second rounds of a presidential election.
Induta sought refuge in the EU mission after the murder of former military intelligence chief Samba Djalo on the day of the first round vote on March 18.
He was joined there by Da Costa and Gomes after the April 12 coup.
Guinea Bissau army has vowed to return to its barracks, after transitional authorities formed a new government including a colonel who joined the coup, but excluding the former ruling party.