The Gambia’s Court of Appeal has pushed back the appeal case of former army captain and state minister Yankuba Touray to Tuesday (18 Oct) for hearing.

Touray is sentenced to death for partaking in the killing of former minister of finance Ousman Koro Ceesay in 1995. 

Last July, the former AFPRC junta council member was sentenced to death by hanging at the Banjul High Court. 

Shortly after the sentencing, the defence lawyer for Yankuba Touray confirmed that he will be appealing the death sentence. 

The case will be heard by a panel of judges at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday. 

Mr Touray has become the first high profile figure under the Jammeh government to be handed a death sentence. 

The Gambia has placed a moratorium on death penalty since 2018 following the killings of nine inmates in 2012

by former president Yahya Jammeh, who now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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