06.12.20

Senators Leahy And Durbin Commend The Justice Department For Indicting Alleged Gambian Human Rights Violator

. . . . Both senators had called for his prosecution given compelling evidence he perpetrated torture against civilians in The Gambia

(FRIDAY, June 12, 2020) – Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dick Durbin (D-IL.) Friday commended the Department of Justice for indicting Gambian national Michael Sang Correa, who was residing in Denver, Colo., for allegedly torturing civilians – including U.S. citizens – in The Gambia. The indictment comes on the heels of a letter both Senators wrote to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security pressing the agencies to thoroughly investigate – and prosecute, if warranted – Mr. Correa based on compelling evidence of his involvement in heinous atrocities as a member of former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh’s notorious “Junglers” death squad.

This is only the second time the United States has prosecuted an individual under a landmark human rights accountability statute allowing for the prosecution of perpetrators of extraterritorial torture. The senators continue to urge the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to aggressively investigate and prosecute human rights violators. In their letter, the senators wrote: “The United States has been a leading champion of human rights around the world. Living up to that role requires that we not only promote human rights abroad, but also hold accountable human rights violators in our midst.”

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