By Muhammed Sailu Bah
A press release issued on Friday, 3 July, in the evening television
bulletin of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) announced
that the president of the Republic of the Gambia, acting in accordance with the constitution, has pardoned 85 prisoners from Mile 2
Among the prisoners released are Mr. Modou Gaye, a former deputy
Inspector General of Police, who was serving a life imprisonment for
his role in an attempted coup d’etat which also involved Lt. Gen. Lang
Tombong Tamba, the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Gambia
Armed Forces (GAF), and five others. He is the only known pardoned
prisoner whose conviction was based on a politically related offence.
Mr. Ebrima Bun Sanneh, the former head of the National Drug Law
Enforcement Agency, who was convicted of corruption or white collar
related crimes, was also among those given amnesty.
The rest of the pardoned prisoners are all ex-convicts on common law crimes.