Ex President Jammeh Top Aide General Badjie, others Arrested

General Saul Badjie with Ex President Jammeh.Both Jammeh and Badjie were found liable by the Truth Commission for various crimes ranging from unlawful killings, murder, torture, and sexual violence.

A former military top aide to ex-President Jammeh, General Saul Badjie has been arrested by authorities in Banjul and remanded in state custody, security sources confirmed to The Alkamba Times.

General Badjie was taken into custody early Monday along with Major Landing Tamba and WO2 Musa Badjie and both men are held at the country’s Central Prisons, Mile Two in the outskirt of the capital Banjul.

General Saul Badjie, the commander of the Presidential Guards of ex-President Yahya Jammeh, returned to the Gambia last month along with 13 other soldiers, who went into exile with Jammeh in Equatorial Guinea was implicated and found liable by the Truth Commission for various crimes ranging from unlawful killings, murder, torture, and sexual violence.

His arrest came following an appeal by victims and civil society groups for his immediate arrest and prosecutions after he was named by TRRC for various human rights violations including unlawful killings.

The guards named left The Gambia five years ago together with Jammeh, after he lost to Adama Barrow in the presidential elections in 2016.

Videos circulating online show them jubilating at their abode in the former Spanish colony after Adama Barrow was declared the winner of the December 4 polls.

It would be recalled that army generals Ansumana Tamba and Umpa Mendy, had earlier returned to the country from Equatorial Guinea.

They went through Banjul airport, but the alarm was raised and they were later arrested at their residence.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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