The former Junta Council Member and Local government Minister Yankuba Touray has been charged with murder. Court papers filed by The Gambian state, has revealed that Touray has been charged for the murder of Gambia’s former Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ousman Koro Ceesay.

The prosecution says it was back in June of 1995, at Kololi, in the West Coast Region of The Gambia, “Yankuba Touray, acting with malice allegedly caused the death of Ousman Koro Ceesay by beating him with a pestle like object and other dangerous weapons thereby committing an offence.”

Ceesay was said to have been allegedly murdered at the home of Yankuba Touray. He was lured into the property after seeing off dictator Jammeh to the airport. Former Junta Vice Chairman Edward Singhateh, Peter Singhateh, Yankuba Touray, Alhagie Kanya and others were named in Koro’s murder.

This followed Touray’s refusal to testify before Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC). Touray invoked constitutional immunity to justify his refusal to give evidence at the TRRC. He claimed that he had been indemnified by the 1997 constitution.

Attempts by the TRRC Lead Counsel Essa Faal to have Touray to testify proved futile. The Commission Chairman Dr. Lamin Cise, a former United Nations official had to order for his arrest and subsequent imprisonment.

Touray appeared before the High Court on Monday under heavy security protection. Few people were allowed to witness his maiden court appearance. Touray was later remanded into custody.

The prosecution was represented by AM Yusuf.

Reports have it that Touray’s lawyers were denied access to their client during his three days detention. Touray’s retained lawyers were said to be one Abdoulie Sissoho and Lamin Camara.

Toouray has been rescheduled to appear in court on July 8th 2019. He continues to remain under state custody.

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

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