Newly sworn-in Gambian President Adama Barrow has freed close to a 100 political prisoners jailed during the era of ex-leader Yahya Jammeh.
According to rights group, most of the freed prisoners who were Jammeh’s opponents were tortured, and some died, in detention centres including the Mile 2 Central Prison in Banjul.
Interior Ministry spokesman Lamin Baba Njie said by telephone that 79 people had been released from Mile 2, and a further 19 from other prisons.
“The releases are part of the prisons reform agenda,” he said.
Continuing, the Interior Ministry spokesman said the release follows the freeing of about 170 prisoners two weeks ago, as the country seeks to turn a page on the authoritarian era of ousted former president Yahya Jammeh.
Recall last month that Barrow replaced the head of the military, a pillar of his predecessor Jammeh’s government, and dismissed several senior military officers while the former head of prisons was also arrested.
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