Bai L is accused of crimes towards humanity, homicide and tried homicide, together with the 2004 killing of Deyda Hydara.
Germany has charged a person with being a part of a military unit that carried out assassinations on behalf of former Gambian chief Yahya Jammeh, in keeping with Germany’s federal public prosecutors.
The suspect, Gambian nationwide Bai L, is accused of crimes towards humanity, homicide and tried homicide, together with the 2004 killing of an AFP information company journalist, Deyda Hydara.
Bai L allegedly labored as a driver for successful squad often known as the Junglers between December 2003 and December 2006.
“This unit was utilized by the then president of Gambia to hold out unlawful killing orders, amongst different issues” with the goal of “intimidating the Gambian inhabitants and suppressing the opposition”, prosecutors within the metropolis of Karlsruhe mentioned on Thursday.
The West African state was dominated by Jammeh for 22 years earlier than he fled in 2017 after shedding a presidential election to Adama Barrow, a relative unknown.
The case is being introduced on the precept of common jurisdiction, which permits a international nation to prosecute crimes towards humanity, together with struggle crimes and genocide, no matter the place they had been dedicated.
Germany has been notably lively in pursuing such instances linked to the Syrian regime, and in January sentenced a former Syrian colonel to life in jail for crimes towards humanity.
Bai L, recognized by German media as Bai Lowe, is accused of involvement within the tried homicide of a lawyer in 2003 and the 2004 homicide of Gambian journalist Hydara, who had been important of the federal government.
Hydara was the editor and co-founder of impartial each day The Level and correspondent for AFP for 30 years.
In a 3rd incident in 2006, the accused allegedly drove members of the unit to a website close to Banjul airport the place they shot useless a suspected opponent of the president, the prosecutors mentioned.
The suspect was arrested in Hanover in March 2021 and has since been in pre-trial detention.