Yankuba Touray

A former AFPRC junta member and minister who held various portfolios during Ex-President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year presidency has been charged with witness tampering.

Yankuba Touray who was arrested on Saturday and currently detained at Kairaba Police Station is expected to appear in court sometime this week.

His arrest follows a complaint by the Ministry of Justice over concerns expressed by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that the subject was either attempting to tamper or interfering with its witness, ex-army Sergeant, Alagie Kanyi, or attempting to pervert the cause of justice by concealing evidence that could potentially incriminate him and junta colleagues in alleged atrocities and extra-judicial executions meted out to citizens while in power.

Sergeant Kanyi who appeared before the TRRC last Thursday, provided probably the most damning testimony against the former regime as he revealed the harrowing details of state-sanctioned murders among them, the chilling finality of former Finance Minister, Ousman Koro Ceesay in which, Mr. Touray is implicated.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Gambia Government, Ebrima Sankareh 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.

He urged citizens to take the TRRC very seriously.

“The Government will not under any circumstances condone any attempt by anybody to interfere with its operations either directly or indirectly and any person(s) found wanting will face the full force of the law,” Mr Sankareh said.