Government wishes to inform the Ghanaian people that it is studying the request by Human Rights Watch and Trial International to ask for the extradition to, and trial of Yahaya Jammeh in Ghana. Government has been informed that Human Rights watch in collaboration with Trial International and led by an America lawyer, Reed Brody have unearthed fresh evidence, which they believe ties the former Gambian President, Yahaya Jammeh to the killing of 44 Ghanaians, on or about the 22nd of July 2005.

This request has both legal and international diplomatic implications. The government has therefore tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General’s Department to study the request and explore the full extent of its legal and diplomatic implications and advise the government on the way forward for this request. Government shall inform the Ghanaian people of its decision in respect of this matter as soon as it receives the reports of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General’s Department.

Meantime, government wishes to assure the Ghanaian people, that it remains committed to the protecting the interest of every Ghanaian. Government therefore wishes to call on the families of those who lost their lives and the Ghanaian population, to exercise restraint as it seeks good counsel on this matter.

Signed

Mustapha Abdul-Hamid (PhD)