Leader of the Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) has urged the international community, especially the US and EU, to impose sanctions against President senior government officials, including President Yahya Jammeh.
Barrister Mai Fatty’s statement was in response to the conviction of six Gambian journalists by a hired Nigerian judge Emmanuel Fagbenle on 6 August.
Fatty, himself a victim of the repressive regime’s calculated attacks, said he had “sleeplessly agonised over the fate of six eminent national heroes” punished for exercising their constitutional civic rights. He blamed the Fagbenle gulag for committing “unspeakable atrocity against Gambian sovereignty.”
Mr. Fatty blamed the Chief Justice Akomaye Agim for “uniquely selecting” Fagbenle, a judge of Civil Division, to “pervert the course of justice.”
“I am appalled that Yaya Jammeh incorrigibly converts himself into a reviled figure of terror and thrives by intimidation, impunity, specific authorization of judicial viciousness and trepidation against the very people he swore to protect and defend. The conviction of the GPU 6 amounts to a constitutional coup d’etat of our enshrined rights. It must attract bellicose national response!”
GMC described the conviction of the journalists as a “threat to national security.” Mr. Fatty was equally outraged that Fagbenle “besmirched his judicial robe transforming Gambian judiciary into an ignominous jest theatre.”
Unless “we remove” Jammeh who hired judicial mercenaries, GMC leader upheld, the “deadly cancer would soon consume the whole corpus. ‘I stoutly denounce this ghastly conspiracy against the rule of law in our country,” he said, calling for “aggressive, but legitimate national resistance against this senseless escalation of the law of might and fright in our country.
“Our Nation has been transformed into one humongous open-air prison where no citizen is free to properly exercise any of the fundamental freedoms contained in our Constitution.”