Mar 6, 2009, 4:21 AM
Adama Barrow has pardoned at least 174 inmates on Saturday on the occasion of
the commemoration of the country’s 52nd independence anniversary.
President Barrow also promised Gambians that those who were detained without trial would be released, and cases of those that disappeared without trace would be investigated
The pardoning of prisoners will set the stage toward reform of the prison system, a key concern for development partners and right campaigners.
Yahya Jammeh had in the past pardoned hundreds of prisoners.
The pardoning of the prisoners would be well received by Gambians after the Minister of the Interior, Mai Fatty, visited Mile 2 Prison.
Barrow is working on restoring the country’s international repute, which has been defaced by human rights abuses under former President Jammeh’s rule.