Witness Alleges Torture At NIA For Planning To Overthrow Jammeh

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By Ousman A. Marong

Alhagie Lang Ceesay alias Kebba Dibba on Tuesday told the Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) that he was tortured at the defunct National Intelligence Agency (NIA) now State Intelligence Service (SIS) after being accused of planning to overthrow the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh.

Ceesay said the accusations led to his arrest and detention at the NIA headquarters in Banjul for 14 days. He told the commission that he was an ulcer patient who frequently visited a hospital in Dakar for treatment. He recalled that on 12th August, 2012 while on his way to Dakar he encountered a group of former President Jammeh’s cattle on the Brikama-Banjul highway near Abuko and after some arguments with some of those tending the cattle, he was arrested and detained at the NIA headquarters in Banjul.

“As I arrived at the Abuko intersection junction, I was surrounded by people. I horned so that they can move for me to pass, but they did not. I diverted to a side so that I can pass, and all of a sudden, the group attacked me,” he explained.

Ceesay, 52, said he was later charged with threatening violence and he was fined D5, 000 or in default to serve one year in jail.

“My elder brother was asked to recuse himself from my case because President Jammeh was the one handling it. I was accused of planning a coup to topple the government of former President Jammeh. I was told it was Pa Bojang who accused me of plotting a coup to overthrow the government of former President Jammeh”, he further explained.

He said he was asked to beg the judge to have mercy on him in reducing the fine. The fine was then reduced to D1, 000.

Ceesay further told the court after the court, he fled to Senegal and during his absence, his young daughter was impregnated and his son died while he was still in Senegal.

By Ousman A. Marong

Alhagie Lang Ceesay alias Kebba Dibba, a victim of the defunct National Intelligence Agency (NIA) now State Intelligence Service (SIS) has told the Truth Reconciliation Reparation Commission (TRRC) that he was accused by Pa Bojang of planning to overthrow the regime of former president Yahya Jammeh.

He added that this led to his arrest and detention at the NIA headquarters in Banjul for 14 days.  

He told the commission that he is an ulcer patient who frequently visits ‘Citah’ hospital in Dakar for treatment.

He recalled that on 12th August, 2012 while on his way to Dakar he was stopped at Abuko by a group of demonstrating youth on Brikama-Banjul highway.

This he said led to his subsequent arrest and detention at the NIA headquarters in Banjul.

“As I arrived at the Abuko intersection junction I saw a 16 passenger mini-van parked in front of me. It was surrounded by people. I horned so that they can move for me to pass, but they did not. I diverted to a side so that I can pass, and all of a sudden, the group attacked me,” he explained.

Ceesay, 52, said he was later charged with ‘life threatening’ and fined five thousand dalasi (D5, 000) in default to serve one year in jail.

“My elder brother was asked to recuse himself from my case because the president was the one handling it. I was accused of planning a coup to topple the government of former President Yahya Jammeh. I was told it was Pa Bojang who accused me of plotting a coup to overthrow the government of former President Jammeh”, he further explained. 

He said when he was taken to court, he was sitting on the front chamber when Edward Singhateh walked in. They greeted and Edward asked him to allow him (Singhateh) go and dress up, he added. 

“A boy stood up in the court and said I knocked him with a vehicle,” he also explained.

“I was asked to beg the judge to have mercy on me in reducing the fine. The fine was then reduced to one thousand dalasi (D1, 000), he furether said, noting that his daughter was impregnated and his son died while he was under detention, he concluded.

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