At least 10 operatives of the State Intelligence Services (SIS) have been arrested over the weekend in connection with the death of Solo Sandeng, intelligence sources revealed.
Mr. Sandeng, the former youth mobiliser of United Democratic Party (UDP) was arrested on April 14, 2016, at Westfield Junction while on a peaceful demonstration in demand for electoral reform.
He was picked up, taken to the NIA where he was reportedly tortured to death. He was buried in an unknown location by the NIA now renamed as the State Intelligence Service (SIS).
Intelligence sources familiar with the development said the arrested SIS agents were currently detained at the Serious Crime Unit in Banjul as investigation into the matter deepens.
However, efforts made to reach the director general of SIS, Ousman Sowe, for comments proved futile.
After the killing of Mr. Sandeng came to light in 2016, another peaceful protest on April 16, 2016, led by the UDP leader, Ousainou Darboe and members of his executive, calling on the then government of Yahya Jammeh to produce Solo Sandeng’s body; ‘dead or alive’. They were equally rounded up and detained, charged and later convicted to three years imprisonment.
The former NIA chief, Yankuba Badjie, Louie Richard Leese Gomez, Sheikh Omar Jeng, Babucarr Sallah, Yusupha Jammeh, Haruna Susso, Tamba Mansary, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang are charged with 26 counts including conspiracy to murder, murder, assault causing grievous bodily harm, abduction, making false document without proper authority amongst others.
People familiar with the matter told our reporter that family members who visited the SIS Headquarters in Banjul to see their loved one were denied access.