Ex-Gambian interior minister Ousman Sonko kept in Swiss jail as torture investigation extended

Former Gambian interior minister Ousman Sonko has been in pre-trial custody since January after the Geneva-based legal group Trial International filed a criminal complaint accusing him of having personally taken part in torture.


Aug 03, 2017, 13:51 PM IST
Exiled strongman Jammeh `plundered` Gambia coffers

Exiled strongman Jammeh `plundered` Gambia coffers

Yahya Jammeh took power in a 1994 coup from Gambia`s only other president since independence from Britain, Dawda Jawara.

Jan 23, 2017, 08:58 AM IST

Gambia`s Jammeh faces last chance deadline to quietly quit

Gambia`s Yahya Jammeh faced a "last chance" to hand over power peacefully Friday as troops from five African nations stood by to intervene and key regional leaders flew in to make a final push for a deal.

Jan 20, 2017, 21:22 PM IST

Gambian president faces noon deadline to quit

Veteran Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh was Friday facing a midday deadline to quit power, after thousands of regional troops entered the country to pile pressure on him to hand power to the winner of last month`s presidential election.

Jan 20, 2017, 15:32 PM IST

Gambia`s new president Adama Barrow demands Army loyalty after swearing-in

The Gambia`s new president, Adama Barrow, took the oath of office in the country`s embassy in Senegal on Thursday and immediately called on the security forces to "demonstrate their loyalty" in his standoff with defeated leader Yahya Jammeh.

Jan 19, 2017, 23:52 PM IST

Senegal troops head for Gambia as Jammeh mandate expires: Sources

Columns of Senegalese troops moved to the Gambian border on Wednesday, threatening military action against President Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to accept a December election defeat, military sources and residents of towns near the border said.

Jan 18, 2017, 21:29 PM IST

Gambia bans child marriage

Jammeh instructed lawmakers to pass legislation reflecting the new ban before July 21.

Jul 08, 2016, 06:34 AM IST

Taiwan security agency says China's Gambia gambit meant to pressure president

Taiwan`s top security agency said on Monday China`s move to set up diplomatic ties with one of the island`s former African allies was meant to put pressure on President-elect Tsai Ing-wen to "fall in line" before her inauguration on May 20.

Mar 21, 2016, 10:25 AM IST

Taiwan "needs to protect its space" after China renews ties with Gambia

Taiwan needs to protect its international space as its diplomatic position is precarious, president-elect Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday after China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia and anger mounted in the self-ruled island at the move.

Mar 18, 2016, 11:08 AM IST

Gambia frees more than 200 prisoners including past coup plotters

Gambia released more than 200 prisoners on Friday, including 31 jailed for treason during multiple plots to overthrow long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh, prison officials said.

Jul 25, 2015, 19:06 PM IST

Abducted Gambian journalist released after 11 days: Family

A radio journalist who disappeared for more than a week in a kidnapping blamed on Gambia`s secret police has been released, his family told AFP on Tuesday.

Jul 15, 2015, 02:44 AM IST

Gambia cancels expulsion of `Hezbollah-linked` Lebanese tycoon

The Gambian government has withdrawn its expulsion of a powerful business magnate accused by the United States of funding the Lebanese militant movement Hezbollah.

Jun 28, 2015, 16:01 PM IST

Gambia opposition attacks plan to expand death penalty

Opposition activists have vowed to fight plans announced by The Gambia to expand the list of offences punishable by death to any crime deemed sufficiently serious by parliament.

Jun 23, 2015, 19:39 PM IST

EU envoy complies with Gambia`s expulsion order

The EU representative in the Gambia has left the country under an expulsion order which drew criticism from opposition politicians and left Brussels "astonished", an airport source said Tuesday.

Jun 09, 2015, 23:11 PM IST

Gambia expels EU representative, Brussels `astonished`

Gambia has given the EU representative in its capital Banjul 72 hours to depart from the country, leaving Brussels "astonished" and prompting the opposition to brand the decision gravely "ill-considered".

Jun 06, 2015, 23:03 PM IST

Failed migrants return home to Senegal after Libya ordeal

Scores of Senegalese migrants returned home on Tuesday after they were detained by Libyan authorities and imprisoned for months when they tried to reach Europe illegally.

May 26, 2015, 22:24 PM IST

Gambian migrants undeterred by horrors of Med crossings

Despite warnings from shipwreck survivors and the international community, Gambians are refusing to abandon dreams of a new life in Europe even if it means risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean aboard rickety boats.

May 23, 2015, 12:49 PM IST

Boat people grateful for sanctuary, baffled by Gambia offer

Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter -- although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard of.

May 22, 2015, 08:59 AM IST

Three sentenced to death over Gambia coup plot in `secret` trial

Three Gambian soldiers have been sentenced to death for their roles in a failed coup attempt, a leading human rights group said Thursday, condemning their "secret" trial and urging the country not to carry out the executions.

Apr 03, 2015, 08:04 AM IST