Ally of Gambia’s ex-leader faces trial for crimes against humanity


A member of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh’s hit squad is on trial in Germany for crimes against humanity and murder, including the killing 18 years ago of journalist Deyda Hydara.

German authorities charged Bai Lowe following his arrest last year.

Mr. Lowe, 46, has previously confessed to being a driver with the hit squad known as the Junglers, which reported directly to Mr. Jammeh. He has not yet entered a plea.

Outside the courtroom in the German town of Celle, activists called for the ousted Gambian leader and his accomplices to be brought to justice.

The trial is taking place on the basis of universal jurisdiction; it allows a foreign country to prosecute crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, regardless of where they were committed. (Source: BBC)