Ebrima Solo Sandeng, the former Organising Secretary of the United Democratic Party, on April 14, 2016, led a two dozen youth politicians to launch a peaceful protest, calling for electoral reforms ahead of the 2016 presidential elections.
The ten serving members of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) — Leon Gomez, Lamin Bojang aka GAMBAGAL, Manlafi Jarju, Sheikh Tijan Camara, Kwesi Mendy, Lamin Bojang Driver, Ansumana Manga Driver, Yankuba Colley, Ngora Njie and Bakary Jammeh aka Afo — were on Friday rounded up at the SIS headquarters in Banjul for torturing the UDP political activists. They are currently held at the Serious Crimes Unit in Banjul awaiting interrogation and charges.
The protesting youths were arrested, detained and tortured resulting to the death of Mr. Sandeng, who according to the UDP leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, was “buried like a dog.” Other tortured victims either died in detention or after being released. Those who survived the tortures have been grappling with physical and mental pains. In fact, at the time of writing this story, one surviving victim Fa Lang Sonko of Jeshwang traveled to Dakar for medical treatment.
The former intelligence chief, Yankuba Badjie, Louie Richard Leese Gomez, Sheikh Omar Jeng, Babucarr Sallah, Yusupha Jammeh, Haruna Susso, Tamba Mansary, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang have been standing trial for conspiring to murder Mr. Sandeng, assault causing grievous bodily harm, abduction, making false document without proper authority amongst others. The men face 26 counts.