Thursday, June 27, 2019

Gambia appeals to women to report any s3xual violence committed by ex-president Yahya Jammeh

The Gambian government has called on all women and girls in the country to report any s3xual violence committed by former President Yahya Jammeh.

The appeal comes after former beauty queen Fatou "Toufah" Jallow told the BBC she had been raped by Mr Jammeh when he was in office in 2015.

Gambian Attorney General Abubacar Tambadou has now issued a statement praising the courage of Ms Jallow.

He said the ex-president abused his position as head of state to the detriment of many Gambians and called the reports of r3pe and s3xual assault "despicable".

A commission has now been set up to investigate reports of human rights violations committed during Mr Jammeh's 22 years in office.

Current President Adama Barrow has said he will await the commission's final report before pursuing requests for Mr Jammeh's possible extradition from Equatorial Guinea.