MoJ calls on alleged rape victims of Snr. Gov official to “contact The Gambia Police Force”

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By Ministry of Justice

PRESS RELEASE BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE ON ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST MR MELVILLE ROBERTSON ROBERTS

It has come to the attention of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubacarr M. Tambadou, that a number of women have recently made serious allegations of sexual assault including rape committed against them by Mr Melville Robertson Roberts, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia.

The Attorney General takes seriously these allegations and hereby assures the complainants and the general public that the allegations will be treated with the seriousness they deserve and will be referred to The Gambia Police Force for immediate and urgent criminal investigations. The complainants are hereby requested to contact The Gambia Police Force or the Ministry of Justice on (+220)2223616/7674795 or mnjobe06@hotmail.com/jengbafou@gmail.com, and extend full cooperation to the police in the conduct of these investigations.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General also wishes to clarify that the initiation of criminal investigations into these allegations does not in any way suggest the guilt of Mr Roberts who shall continue to benefit from the presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.

Abubacarr M. Tambadou
Attorney General & Minister of Justice

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