The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC’S) Fatou Bom Bensouda says The Gambia under Jammeh’s rule, has now reached the threshold of crimes against humanity, while citing evidence that have been adduced before the country’s truth commission to back up her claim, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Prosecutor Bensouda was speaking in an interview with a Senegalese media house. “Look, what we have known today about The Gambia, no one knew it when Yahya Jammeh was President. Even at the time of his departure, people were not aware of Jammeh’s crimes, no one suspected him, they never suspected him,” Bensouda remarked in the local Wollof dialect.
A former Justice Minister under Jammeh’s rule, Bensouda, has been taking heat for not filing charges against her former boss Jammeh.
“Many a time people would say that Fatou is a Gambian, and she should go after Yahya Jammeh. The ICC court doesn’t operate like that. As a prosecutor, I have responsibilities and duties. I am required to follow the ICC statue. They shouldn’t feel that I am being soft with The Gambia because of my Gambian citizenship. It is also imperative to note that whatever I do, should be guided by ICC regulations. What they are trying to get me, do, is to work outside the statue, just because I am a Gambian,” she remarked.
According to Mrs. Bensouda, the threshold of crimes against humanity has been recorded in The Gambia. She cited the TRRC documented adverse evidence against Jammeh and his cronies.
“The evidence needed has now been adduced before the TRRC. Now The Gambia has the responsibility to present their case, if The Gambia comes up with their evidence against Jammeh, they can present it to the ICC, Rwanda has done it, South Africa has done it too, then we can act. For now, we are waiting to see what The Gambia would do. If The Gambia files its case, then we can act on it. Should The Gambia fails to do what is expected of her, then the ICC would see what it should do,” Bensouda AU GRE DE LACTUALITE.
Bensouda says the ICC does more work than talking. She cited the post Guinean election violence, which resulted in the death of many Conakry Guineans. She said her office has been in touch with authorities in Guinea to ensure that the matter is properly investigated, and perpetrators brought to book.
Mrs. Bensouda also talked about the visa ban that was imposed against her by the former Trump administration. She claimed that the Trump administration wasn’t happy about the ICC’s move to investigate the atrocities committed in Palestine.
She added that the visa ban has been lifted by the new Biden administration and Washington has resumed relationship with the ICC.
Please forward the video to 30 minutes and you will hear the ICC Prosecutor talking about Jammeh’s crimes against humanity.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai
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