Solo’s Son reacts to the court verdict, sentencing his Dad’s killers to death

Muhammed Sandeng

Barely 24 hours after a high court in Banjul sentenced the country’s former notorious spy chief and five others to death for their role in killing former opposition leader Solo Sandeng, his son Muhammed Sandeng has welcomed the verdict.

Muhammed, who led the advocacy to see his Dad’s killers face justice, told Alkamba Times that:”

The judgment is quite diligently done, and the sentences are befitting.
The perpetrators of the murder committed it with disdain and quite deliberately because they thought they were invincible until justice caught up with them. It signals that anybody holding power must not abuse power because the arms of justice are long.”

The ex-Spy chief, Yankuba Badjie, and his colleagues were charged with murder over the killing of Ebrima Solo Sandeng, who was an opposition activist and the former United Democratic Party youth wing leader.

They were found guilty on 25 counts levied by state prosecutors against them, ranging from conspiracy to commit murder, felony, grievous harm, concealment, forgery, and disobedience of statutory orders, amongst others.
High Court Judge Justice Kumba Sillah Camara passing judgment on Wednesday, sentenced Six former NIA intelligence operatives to death, a verdict that has received praise from right activists and the Sandeng family.

On April 14, 2016, the victim, Solo Sandeng, was arrested alongside six UDP party members by the Police Intervention Unit following a peaceful demonstration over electoral reforms at Westfield.

In her judgment, High court Judge Justice Kumba Sillah Camara rule that the court found the accused persons, namely, former NIA Director General Yankuba Badjie, Sheik Omar Jeng, Baboucarr Sallah, Tamba Masireh, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang guilty for the murder of Ebrima Solo Sandeng at the NIA premises in Banjul on April 15, 2015.

The Judge cited section 188 of the criminal code and other laws of the Gambia, saying the prosecution has satisfied the ‘burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt’ through material and corroborative pieces of evidence presented to the court depicting how the accused conspired to beat and torture Ebrima Solo Sandeng to death.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
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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