According to Associated Press, the revoked diplomatic passports include that of 207 Gambians who have had their privileges cancelled with immediate effect.
Other names on the list of people who have had their diplomatic passports removed include Jammeh’s ex-bodyguard Alhagi Martin, and former ministers Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie and Fatou Lamin Faye, AP added. Jammeh went into exile in Equatorial Guinea earlier this year, having lost an election to Adama Barrow in December 2016 after 22 years in power.
Meanwhile, former interior minister Ousman Sonko is to be held in a Swiss jail for a further three months after Switzerland’s top prosecutor expanded an investigation into whether he committed crimes against humanity, Reuters news agency reported.
Mr Sonko has been in custody awaiting trial since January, after the Geneva-based legal group Trial International “filed a criminal complaint accusing him of having personally taken part in torture”, the news agency adds.
Reuters quoted the Swiss attorney general’s office as saying it has broadened the investigation into Sonko’s alleged activities after hearing testimony from witnesses and once additional complaints were lodged against him.
Sonko was the Gambia’s interior minister from 2006 to 2016 serving under authoritarian leader Yahya Jammeh, later fleeing to Sweden and settling in Switzerland where he applied for asylum in November 2016.
Jammeh himself fled into exile after losing an election to Adama Barrow in December and has denied allegations he tortured and killed political opponents during his two decades in power. Sonko has not commented on the case, Reuters adds. SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US VIA EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO RECEIVE NEWS VIA OUR WHATSAPP, KINDLY TEXT +234 701 056 0394 TO ADD YOU CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR NEWS UPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON TWITTER FOR INSTANT NEWS UPDATE: @247NGNEWSUPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TO READ NEWS ON OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE RECEIVE INSTANT NEWS UPDATE VIA OUR BBM BROADCAST: D3EDEFDF PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>