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GAMBIA: OUSAINOU BOJANG & HIS SISTER HAVE BEEN CHARGED BY POLICE WITH MURDER AND ACCESSORY TO MURDER

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Ousainou Bojang, the alleged gunman, and Amie Bojang, the alleged shooter’s sister, have been accused with murder and accessory after the fact of murder by the Gambia Police Force.

Ousainou and Amie Bojang appeared for the first time before Principal Magistrate Omar Jabang of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on charges related to the shooting incident at the Sukuta Jabang Traffic Lights that resulted in the tragic deaths of two Police Intervention Unit (PIU) officers and the severe injury of another.

The police have filed four accusations against them, including:

Count One; Murder contrary to section 187 of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Volume III laws of The Gambia 2009.
The Police alleged that Ousainou Bojang, on or about September 12, 2023, at Sukuta-Traffic Lights and various locations in the Republic of The Gambia, with malice aforethought, shot Police Constable Sang J. Gomez with a pistol, thereby committing an offense.

Count Two; Murder in violation of Section 187 of the Criminal Code cap 10:01 Volume III of The Gambia’s 2009 laws.
In the Particulars of Offense, the Police alleged that Ousainou Bojang caused the death of Police Constable Pate Jallow by shooting him with a pistol on or about September 12, 2023, at Sukuta-Traffic Lights and other locations in the Republic of The Gambia with premeditation.

Third Count, Prohibition of Terrorist Acts Contrary to Section 3(1)(c) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, Cap.

In the Particulars of Offense, the Police alleged that on or about September 12, 2023, at Sukuta-Traffic Lights and other locations in the Republic of The Gambia, Ousainou Bojang committed an act of terrorism against Police Constables Pateh Jallow, Sang J. Gomez, and Ancy Jawo, thereby committing an offense.

Count Four, Accessory after the fact to homicide in violation of Section 202 of the Criminal Code, Volume III, Cap 10:01, 2009.

In the Specifics of the Offense, the Police alleged that Amie Bojang, on or about September 12, 2023, at Sukuta-Traffic Lights and other locations in the Republic of The Gambia, provided transportation for Ousainou Bojang’s exit outside of The Gambia’s jurisdiction, thereby committing an offense.

Omar Jabang, the chief magistrate of the Kanifing Magistrate’s Court, has transferred the murder trial to the Special Criminal Division of the Gambia’s High Court.

The prosecution requested the transfer, and Magistrate Jabang granted it, citing the absence of jurisdiction of the Magistrate Court to hear and decide homicide cases.

Magistrate Jabang also ordered Ousainou and Amie Bojang to remain in police detention until the matter is heard by the Gambia’s highest court.

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