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TRRC witness: Ndure Cham starved on black diet before execution

By Sainey Darboe:

A former member of Jammeh’s death squad known as the Junglers, Lamin Badjie, has disclosed that former army chief of staff Ndure Cham was starved before being executed and buried in an unmarked grave.

Lt.Col. Ndure Cham was executed in cold blood by the Junglers

Ndure Cham was accused of involvement in an alleged coup plot on March 21st, 2006. He fled the country to neighboring Republic of Senegal from here would sneak on visits into The Gambia. Following a tip off to the National Intelligence Agency, he was captured and later executed after enduring brutal torture and starvation.

While offering testimony before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Committee, Lamin Badjie said he served as body guard at a compound run by the notorious NIA in Tanji.

Badjie who is better known by sobriquet "Kassa Kunda" said he was not aware of the identity of the person under detention and they were given orders not to give him food or water.

“It was only when I was being detained that Amadou Badjie told me the person we were guarding was Ndure Cham.I was very disappointed at him and told him he should have informed me. It’s wrong to detain a person without food or water for days. I told him that was not right and he should have told me”, he added.

Lamin Badjie was testifying before Gambia's Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), set up to look into and make historical records of human rights violations of the regime of former president Yahya Jammeh.

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