“We All Know Jammeh Was Behind It,” Says Ex-Police Chief Jesus Badjie as He Forgives Convict Soriba

Ensa Badjie today reveals he has forgiven convict Soriba Conde, accusing former president Jammeh of masterminding the machinations against him.

Jesus was trialed and sentenced, according to him, on trumped up charges in efforts to “cast him out of government”.

This followed his spat with Jammeh in which the erstwhile Police boss was allegedly mired in drugs trafficking and burglary.

In his trial, spanning over years, Soriba Conde, serving 16 years in jail for stealing and a revered gang leader at Gambia’s correction centre, was one of those asked to testify in the hearing.

However, in a recent sitting at the ongoing truth commission, Guinean-born Conde, a former driver, confessed he was asked to implicate Jesus in a bid to speed up the current police commissioner’s conviction.

The duo were today afternoon involved in reconciliation, initiated by the truth commission.

“Each time I looked at him when we were in the prisons, I have always been guilty and I have sent someone to him (Jesus) while I was at Jang Jangbureh asking he forgives me,” Conde said in a televised sitting.

Taking his turn to speak, Jesus said: “I have forgiven him (Soriba) and all those top security officers who have a hand in my conviction. The former president was behind it but I have forgiven him too. He (soriba) could have faced the same thing if he refused to testify against me. That was the system then. I will like to urge those security top personnel to come out to the TRRC and speak or better still go out and apologise to their victims.”

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