Government Warns Against Interfering with TRRC Witnesses
The government has warned that any attempt to interfere with TRRC witnesses, their testimonies or tampering and or concealing evidence
formerly or informally, is utterly criminal and punishable by law.
The warning followed the arrest and detention of Yankuba Touray, a former military junta member accused of taking part in killings by TRRC witnesses during the regime of Yahya Jammeh. His arrest Saturday morning came after Alagie Kanyi, a former army corporal told the commission Thursday that Touray rang him and urged him ‘not to mind the TRRC’. Reports say Touray was awaiting his own TRRC appearance when he made the call to Kanyi.
According to Section 36 of the TRRC Act, a person who threatens or interferes with an informant or a witness, or willfully obstructs or otherwise interferes with work of the Commission in the discharge of its functions, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one million dalasis or to imprisonment not exceeding three years or both a fine and imprisonment.
In a statement issued Sunday by the government Spokesman Ebrima Sankareh, the state announced that Touray is expected to appear in court during the week.