Gambia’s Ministry of Justice is on the verge of creating the post of a Special Adviser to the Attorney General.

The Special Adviser’s responsibility will be to provide policy advice on the justice sector reforms envisaged by the Ministry, according to Justice Minister Abubakar Tambedou.

Minister Tambedou was speaking on Thursday at the Ministry’s Head Office in Banjul during a Press conference convened to provide information about some of the activities of the Ministry of Justice over the past few weeks.

According to Minister Tambedou, the post will be funded by the British government and applications will soon be invited from suitably qualified Gambians to fill the post.

Criminal cases and Detention Review

He said a Criminal case and detention review panel has already started its work.

“This panel was established by the Ministry of Justice in consultation with the Ministry of Interior, to review and advise the Attorney General regarding the ongoing criminal cases against serving or former public officers, cases linked to a political activity, and the cases of all persons awaiting trial in remand” he said.

According to him, the membership of the panel consists of lawyers from the Ministry of Justice, staff members from the Ministry of the Interior, a representative from The Gambia Police Force and the Gambia Prison Service.

“I have started receiving their recommendations on a rolling basis and I will act based on this” he concluded.