Yankuba Touray

A former Gambian minister who was detained last weekend for alleged witness tampering was Monday given a million Dalasi court bail.

Yankuba Touray, a former AFPRC junta member and minister who held various portfolios during Ex-President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year presidency, was arrested on Saturday and detained at Kairaba Police Station following a complaint by the Ministry of Justice over concerns expressed by the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) that he had attempted to tamper or interfere with one of its witness, ex-army Sergeant, Alagie Kanyi.

The commission also expressed fear that Touray had attempted 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.

Prosecutors alleged that on or about the 5th January 2019, at Kanifing and diverse places, the former minister with intent to obstruct or interfere with the work of the TRRC, had called Alagie Kanyi, through his mobile phone and told him that he should not mind the commission, as they cannot do anything.

Prosecutors said Touray phone call suggests or amounts to interfering with the work of the commission in the discharge of its functions.

The former minister rejected the allegations and was granted bail by Principal Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie of the Kanifing Court.

The case continues.