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Gambian Government invites women and girls allegedly sexually molested by ex-president Jammeh

By News Express on 27/06/2019

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•Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh
•Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

The Gambian government has called on all women and girls in the country to report any sexual violence committed by former President Yahya Jammeh.

The appeal comes after former beauty queen Fatou “Toufah” Jallow told the BBC she had been raped by Mr Jammeh when he was in office in 2015.

The BBC has tried, without success, to contact Mr Jammeh about the claims. He lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

A spokesman for his APRC party denied the accusations.

“We as a party and the Gambian people are tired of the steady stream of unfounded allegations that have been reported against our ex-president,” said Ousman Rambo Jatta, in a written statement to the BBC.

“The ex-president has no time to react to lies and smear campaigns. He is a very respectable God-fearing and pious leader who has nothing but respect for our Gambian women,” the deputy APRC leader said.

Ms Jallow, 23, told the BBC she wanted to meet Mr Jammeh, 54, in court so he could face justice.

Her testimony is part of a Human Rights Watch and Trial International report that details another alleged rape and sexual assault by Mr Jammeh.

Gambian Attorney General Abubacar Tambadou issued a statement praising the courage of Ms Jallow.

He said the ex-president abused his position as head of state to the detriment of many Gambians and called the reports of rape and sexual assault “despicable”.

A commission has now been set up to investigate reports of human rights violations committed during Mr Jammeh's 22 years in office.

Current President Adama Barrow has said he will await the commission’s final report before pursuing requests for Mr Jammeh’s possible extradition from Equatorial Guinea. (BBC)

Source News Express

Posted 27/06/2019 12:47:53 PM





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