Bai L.

04.04.2022
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Facts

Bai L. is alleged to be a former member of the Junglers death squad, a paramilitary unit in the Gambia believed to be responsible for carrying out widespread human rights abuses on behalf of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. According to the arrest warrant, Bai L. was a driver for the Junglers from December 2003 until December 2006.

In that context, Bai L. was allegedly involved in three killing missions. In late December 2003, the unit allegedly received an order to kill a lawyer in Banjul, the capital of The Gambia. In his capacity as driver, Bai L. allegedly drove the remaining members to the location where the crimes took place. There, a member of the unit allegedly fired several shots at the lawyer, who survived the attack. A year later, the “Patrol Team” killed a Gambian journalist, who was critical of the government. The unit, with the alleged participation of Bai L., stopped the journalist’s car on a road in Kanifing. Subsequently, two members of the unit killed him by firing several shots, while Bai L. allegedly transported one of the shooters in his vehicle. In the period that followed, probably around 2006, members of the unit shot and killed a suspected opponent of the Gambian President near the Banjul airport. As before, the suspect allegedly transported the other perpetrators to the location of the shooting.

 

Procedure

On 16 March 2021, the suspect was arrested in Hannover by the Federal Criminal Police and the state police forces under suspicion of crimes against humanity and his apartment was searched. Subsequently, and in execution of an arrest warrant, the suspect was placed in detention.

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