Gambia anger over move to free Jammeh regime’s hitmen

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Relatives of people murdered under the regime of The Gambia’s former ruler Yahya Jammeh say they are outraged that the government plans to release three self-confessed assassins.

Malick Jatta, Omar Jallow and Amadou Badjie were members of a paramilitary unit known as the “Junglers”. The government said they would be freed soon following their confessions at the country’s truth commission. “Our team was a hit squad for Yahya Jammeh,” Mr Badjie told the commission. “We had blind loyalty for Yahya Jammeh,” he added.

The three assassins were arrested by military police in 2017, when President Adama Barrow took office after winning elections in December 2016 to end Mr Jammeh’s 22-year rule.

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