Brigadier General Alhagie Martin

The Gambia Armed Forces have confirmed the suspension of Brigadier General Alagie Martin.

The General’s suspension came a week after his testimony to the country’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission.

But the army has not confirmed the duration of the suspension. The army spokesman, Major Lamin Sanyang, confirmed the suspension but could not give a definitive answer as to the length of the suspension.

“What I can tell you is that he was suspended since May. As to how long was the suspension I can’t tell,” said Major Sanyang.

Brigadier General Martin was named by various witnesses including former and serving members of the Gambia Armed Forces of torturing them during their detentions at the notorious NIA and Mile Two Prison.

General Martin had accepted his role in torturing political detainees but claimed it was the “modus operandi” of the security forces during the Jammeh regime while dealing with political detainees.

However, Mr Martin was on administrative leave prior to his TRRC testimony last week

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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