A truth and reconciliation commission in The Gambia has recommended that ex-leader Yahya Jammeh be brought before an international tribunal for crimes allegedly committed during his 22-year dictatorship.

The commission recommended prosecuting Yahya Jammeh and his co-
perpetrators in an international tribunal in West Africa outside of The
Gambia, under the auspices of the African Union or the ECOWAS
regional grouping.

Over a period of 22 years, starting from July 22, 1994, Yahya Jammeh
and co-perpetrators are accused of committing very serious crimes
against the people of The Gambia.

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission was set up in
January 2017 by President Adama Barrow, whose election in 2016 put
an end to more than two decades of dictatorship.

The commission, which heard from nearly 400 witnesses, presented its
findings to Barrow on November 25 and urged the government to pursue
criminal charges, but neither the report nor the names of officials it
deemed responsible were made public until Friday.

Jammeh seized power in 1994, and for 22 years, he oversaw a regime
accused of committing abuses such as state-sanctioned murder, torture
and rape.

He went into exile in Equatorial Guinea in 2017 after Barrow’s election
victory but retains considerable support in the country.