Four former members of dictator Jammeh’s assassin team called the jungulars have been released from military custody. Malick Jatta, Omar A. Jallow, Amadou Badjie and Pa Ousman Sanneh have been released with effect from today. They have joined their families to observe the Muslim Tobaski celebrations.
The four soldiers were arrested back in 2017. They have been detained in different military barracks for over two and half years. Their release followed testimonies they made before the TRRC confessing to killing political opponents, journalist Deyda Hydara, the two Gambian Americans Alhagie Mamut Ceesay and Ebou Jobe and their own colleagues in the army.
The Justice Ministry says the four soldiers would be used as a witnesses in the event they are needed by the state in future trials.
Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou facilitated their release. He told the media that since the jungullars had testified “truthful” evidence before the TRRC, it would be unfair to continually keep under custody. Tambadou has been widely criticized by victims families and members of the public his move to let go the jungullars.