Two Gambian cops get death for torture

2011-05-30 22:17

Banjul - A court in Gambia's Upper River region on Monday sentenced two police officers to death for torturing a man to death, a court official said on condition of anonymity.

The two accused, Bakary Demba and Modou Colley, had pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering the victim on January 27 in the Numuyel village 280km from Banjul.

"As law enforcement officers, you should lead by example and not take the law into your own hands," said Judge Emmanuel Nkea.

"The constitution of this country has to be respected by all and sundry. Having been convinced that the prosecution has proved its case against the accused persons, I would not hesitate to sentence you to death," he added.

The case came as five officers of the country’s anti-drug agency were also facing trial on charges of torturing a 29-year-old man to death during a raid on his house.

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