Former NIA director admits falsifying evidence to incriminate detainees

Mamos Media

By Ousman A. Marong

A former Director of Internal Security Services (DISS) at the defunct National Intelligence Agency (NIA) now the State Intelligent Service (SIS) who was adversely mentioned in the torture of several persons at the premises of the NIA in Banjul told the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on Tuesday confessed his involvement in falsifying evidence to incriminate people which caused problems between them and former President Yahya Jammeh.

Barry, who also served as deputy director of the NIA admitted that some of the people he incriminated included Professor Muhammed O. Kah, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of the Gambia, and Gumbo Touray, a former lecturer. 

“Yes I was responsible for incriminating people and I was later arrested and detained at the Mile II Central Prison without trial”, he confessed. 

Barry said his arrest was linked to him being accused of plotting to overthrow the government of former President Jammeh. He further said that he was later arraigned before a court of law without a fair trial.

The 64-year-old was adversely mentioned by several victims in alleged involvement in human rights violations. He however stood his ground that he never tortured Batch Samba Jallow, Mballo Kanteh, and others when asked about his involvement in electrocuting political detainees. The former NIA top brass said all witnesses who testified against him before the TRRC lied against him. “I never tortured nor electrocuted any victim. All those statements against me are not true. All those witnesses who testified here and incriminated me are lying,” he further said.

Barry however admitted to being part of the panels tasked with investigating those accused of involvement in Ndure Cham’s foiled coup. He however denied the existence of a place called ‘Bambadinka’ at the NIA. “There was no place called ‘Bambadinka’ at the NIA;” he said.

Barry further said that he was later arraigned before a court of law without a fair trial.

The 64-year-old was adversely mentioned by several victims in alleged involvements in human rights violations.

The witness stood his ground that he never tortured Batch Samba Jallow, Mballo Kanteh, and others when asked about his involvement in electrocuting political detainees.

The former NIA top barras said all witnesses who testified against him before the TRRC lied against him.

“I never tortured nor electrocuted any victim”, he claimed.

“All those statements against me are not true. All those witnesses who testified here and incriminated me are lying,” he further said.

He however admitted to being part of the panels tasked with investigating Ndure Cham’s foiled coup.

He further denied the existence of a place called ‘Bambadinka’ at NIA.

“There were no place called ‘Bambadinka’ at NIA;” he said.

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