By Bekai Njie
A former junta member Yankuba Touray has been arrested and is in police net over attempts to interfere with matters relating to the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC). He will appear in court on Monday, police confirmed.
Meanwhile, police are searching for former speaker of the National Assembly, Fatoumatta Jahumpa Ceesay, who is widely called FJC, but reports have emerged that the former Speaker Ceesay is currently out of jurisdiction.
Alagie Kanyi, the first witness to confess his crimes which includes torture and killings before the Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) last week told the commissioners that he received calls from Yankuba Touray and Fatoumatta Jahumpa Ceesay, telling him not to appear before the commission.
It is understood that FJC has indicated her willingness to surrender herself to the police since they are looking for her in connection with her telephone conversation with TRRC’s witness Alagie Kanyi. Mr. Touray, meanwhile, has admitted that he has spoken with Mr. Kanyi but did not disclose the details of their conversation.
Touray’s attempt to dissuade a key witness in helping the TRRC to establish the truth to all the crimes alleged to have been committed from 1994 to 2016 contravenes the TRRC Act which resulted in the commission ordering his arrest.
However, it has not been officially stated by the police the exact crimes he might have committed.
In a telephone conversation with the Police PRO, ASP Lamin Njie confirmed Yankuba’s arrest and said, “It is true Yankuba Touray is arrested and he is in custody helping the police in their ongoing investigations.”
Yankuba Touray’s name has been mentioned by several witnesses in connection with several unlawful killings after the November 11, 1994 alleged foiled coup.
Kanyi said that Yankuba called him (Kanyi) for the fear of him (Kanyi) revealing his heinous crimes to the world, but he could not dissuade the witness who went on to reveal atrocities committed by Yankuba and co; including the gruesome murder of former Finance Minister Ousman Koro Ceesay, whom, according to the witness was murdered in Yankuba’s residence.