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Gambian killings – case to go to International Court 10/9/2007
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has indicated its preparedness to take the matter of the cold blooded murder of 44 Ghanaians in The Gambia to the International Criminal Court.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, on Tuesday October 9, 2007, Nana Oye Lithur, the Africa Co-coordinator of the CHRI, said following the unwillingness of The Gambian authorities to respond to the charges and aid investigations into the matter of the murder of 44 unarmed Ghanaians and other human rights issues in The Gambia, the next step would be to go to the International Court to seek justice and bring Yahya Jammeh to book.

The 44 Ghanaians were alleged to have been arrested while on their way to Europe by sea through The Gambia. They were said to have been accused of attempting to overthrow the Yahya Jammeh regime.

According to reports, they were executed in cold blood on the orders of the Gambia Head of State, Yahya Jammeh, two years ago. There was only one survivor, Martin Kyere, 27,
who has been telling the chilling story to the rest of the world.

Since the incident became public, The Gambian authorities have not co-operated with Ghanaian authorities to investigate the issue.

According to Nana Oye Lithur, investigations so far conducted by Ghanaian authorities on the matter, were done outside The Gambia.

Citing the unwillingness of the Jammeh government to co-operate as hinderance to seeking justice, she said, the CHRI will be compelled to go to the International Criminal Court.

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