Gambian opposition says party member dies in custody
23 August 2016, 14:35
Banjul – A member of Gambia's main opposition has died in state
custody, the United Democratic Party said on Monday, in the second such case in
party official Ebrima Solo Krummah, who was detained in May during a rare
protest, died after being hospitalised and undergoing an operation on Friday,
the party said.
went to the mortuary... and confirmed the death of Ebrima Solo Krummah,"
party president Dembo Bojang told AFP.
party will make sure "a post-mortem is conducted by the doctors before his
body is handed over to the family for burial," he added.
activists nor Krummah's family were given any information about his medical
condition and were "repeatedly denied access to him throughout his stay in
state custody," the UDP said in a statement.
party blamed the government for the death, accusing them of "intentionally
inflicting bodily harm and then steadfastly withhold urgent lifesaving medical
opposition activist Solo Sandeng died in custody this April, triggering
protests at which UDP leader Ousainou Darboe was arrested.
was sentenced to three years in jail last month over that demonstration.
State Department said it was "deeply concerned" by the most recent
remain troubled by reports of the Gambian government's continued mistreatment
of detained opposition figures, as evidenced by recent deaths and allegations
of torture," deputy spokesman Mark Toner said.
called for an independent investigation into the deaths.
Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup, rules The Gambia with an iron
regime is regularly accused by rights groups of forcibly disappearing
blasted the UN and Amnesty International for demanding an investigation into
Sandeng's death, saying they could "go to hell".