Switzerland Convicts Former Gambian Interior Minister of Crimes Against Humanity

Switzerland Convicts Former Gambian Interior Minister of Crimes Against Humanity


GENEVA (AP) – Switzerland´s top criminal court has convicted a former interior minister of Gambia for crimes against humanity over the repression by the west African country´s security forces against opponents of its longtime dictator, a legal advocacy group said Wednesday.

Ousman Sonko, Gambia´s interior minister from 2006 to 2016 under then-President Yahya Jammeh, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, TRIAL International said on X, formerly Twitter.

The trial that began in January was seen by advocacy groups as an opportunity to reach a conviction under “universal jurisdiction,” which allows the prosecution of serious crimes committed abroad.

The verdict was read out in Swiss federal criminal court in southern Bellinzona on Wednesday.

Sonko applied for asylum in Switzerland in November

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