Nine former officers of the defunct National Intelligence Agency have been charged with conspiracy to murder Solo Sandeng, the former National Organising Secretary of the United Democratic Party.
The nine suspects include Yankuba Badjie, ex-Director General of the NIA. Others are Louis Gomez, former deputy Director; Saikou Omar Jeng, former Director of Operations; Haruna Suso, Yusupha Jammeh, Lamin Lang Sanyang, Tamba Masireh, Lamin Darboe and Baboucarr Sallah.
The men have been in detention until their court appearance at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
Court documents show that “Yankuba Badjie and eight other on or about 15th day of April 2015, at the NIA headquarters in the city of Banjul in the republic of Gambia, conspired amongst themselves and took part in the murder of one Solo Sandeng thereby committed an offense.”
They have all been remanded pending their trial.
It could be recalled that Solo Sandeng and dozen others were arrested, detained and tortured for holding a peaceful demonstration in April last year calling for electoral reforms. Sandeng, father of 11, died while other demonstrators were slapped with imprisonment. Some of the have not recovered from the pains of torture and rape.