Does the TRRC have supporting evidence in the Jawara vs The Gambia ACHPR Case?

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT

Introduction

As a member of the media my role is not to interfere in the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) but to highlight information which may be of interest to the commission. I hereby send this communique identifying supporting evidence submitted to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) by former President Sir. Dawda K. Jawara.

Sir Dawda K. Jawara took The Gambian state to the ACHPR seeking for judgment and according to the document titled ‘147/95 – 149/96: Sir Dawda K. Jawara / Gambia (The)’ there at least three pieces of evidence which could contain more information on the 11th November 1994 soldiers massacre and the 1994, July 22nd Coup lead by the AFPRC Junta. Here is a link to the document which can be downloaded in PDF format.

http://www.achpr.org/files/sessions/27th/comunications/147.95-149.96/achpr27_147.95_149.96_eng.pdf

Communication 149/96

“9. The Complainant attaches the names of thirteen of the fifty soldiers alleged to have been killed and further alleges that a former Finance Minister, Mr Koro Ceesay was killed by the government. He attaches a document from a former member of the AFPRC, Captain Sadibu Hydara, to support this allegation.”

  1. A list containing the names of 13 of the alleged 50 soldiers killed was attached to the communication submitted by the complainant, Sir Dawda K. Jawara.
  2. A document from now deceased Captain Sadibou Hydara was also submitted by the complainant.

Law, Admissibility

“24. The government claims that the communication should be declared inadmissible because it is based exclusively on news disseminated through the mass media, and specifically made reference to the attached letter of Captain Ebou Jallow.”
3. The court case makes reference to a letter written by Captain Ebou Jallow. While it makes no statements on what is within the letter, it would be prudent for the TRRC to access this letter and ascertain if it contains information which would be of interest to the TRRC Process.

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