Beauty queen ‘raped by Gambia’s ex-President Jammeh’

Fatou Jallow says she fled The Gambia after she was raped and now lives in Canada

A 23-year-old former beauty queen in The Gambia, Fatou Jallow, has said she was raped in 2015 by ex-President Yahya Jammeh when he was in office.

Her testimony is part of a Human Rights Watch and Trial International report that details another alleged rape and sexual assault by Mr. Jammeh.

The BBC tried to contact Mr. Jammeh, who now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea, about the allegations.

A spokesman for his APPR party denied the accusations made against Mr. Jammeh.

“We as a party and The Gambian people are tired of the steady stream of unfounded allegations that have been reported against our ex-president,” said Ousman Rambo Jatta, in a written statement to the BBC.

Yahya Jammeh ruled The Gambia 22 years

“The ex-president has no time to react to lies and smear campaigns. He is a very respectable God fearing and pious leader who has nothing but respect for our Gambian women,” the deputy APPR leader said.

Ms Jallow told the BBC she wanted to meet Mr. Jammeh, 54, in court so he could face justice.

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