By Kebba Mamburay
Following the government of the Gambia’s request for the extradition of the country’s former minister of Interior, Ousman Sonko, from Switzerland, undisclosed sources told The Stone Circle that Sonko will arrive in Banjul today.
Reports say an agreement has been reached between the two governments. If this is anything to go by, his return will set another pace for the continuous call for justice in the cases of victims that suffered utterly under the Jammeh regime.
It could be recalled that Mr. Sonko was once arrested in January by Swiss authorities following a request for asylum. His arrest was triggered by a complaint from Geneva-based non-governmental organization, Trial International, in connection with his alleged role in the arrest, torture and disappearance of opponents of the former Gambian regime of Yahya Jammeh.
However, the PRO of Police, Foday Conta, was contacted to shed light on the issue. He described the news as a rumor and added that the Police are not aware of this development.
Sonko is yet to be formally charged with any crime and that the Government of the Gambia wants to question him in connection with the torture and enforced disappearances of Gambians including Solo Sandeng, organizing secretary of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Picture: Solo Sandeng
Solo Sandeng, the National Organizing Secretary of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), died in detention shortly after his arrest for participating in a peaceful protest. The circumstances of his death are as yet unknown.
Amnesty International said the tragic death in detention of Solo Sandeng must leave no space for impunity.
The Gambia government is currently conducting a thorough and independent investigation in the case which led to the exhumation of Solo’s dead body.