July 22, 2019
Folks enjoy lawyer Ousman Sillah’s 2004 Interview published in the Independent newspaper on 20thFebruary 2004.The interview was conducted by our special correspondent Dr. Ebrima Ceesay.
After the attempted assassination of lawyer Ousman Sillah who was shot some time in December 2003, the veteran lawyer gave me an exclusive on 18th February 2004, as soon as he was discharged from hospital in Dakar. Thanks to his son Pa Modou (Shortie), I was the first journalist to have interviewed lawyer Ousman Sillah. The story was also published in the now defunct Independent newspaper on 20thFebruary 2004.
“The Doctors in Senegal have now removed the bullets that were shot into me and have given them to my wife. I have lost one kidney and there is also a slight disfigurement to my face as a result of the gun shots. Although I have lost one of my kidneys, I nonetheless thank God for sparing my life”.
These were the words of Lawyer Ousman Sillah, now out of hospital and continuing his recovery at a friend’s home in Dakar, Senegal. For merely carrying out his job and defending Baba Jobe in line with the ethics of the legal profession, Mr. Sillah has paid a heavy price. Yahya Jammeh has brought lawlessness, tyranny and repression to replace the rule of law in The Gambia, and Ousman Sillah has been a victim of this wicked regime. Speaking exclusively to me, in a recent telephone interview, Lawyer Sillah said that he had no doubt in his mind that the shooting was a state-sponsored act and had been motivated by his aggressive defence of his client, Baba Jobe.
“I don’t know the names of those who carried out the shooting, but I have a conviction that it was state-sponsored. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence to show that this was an attempted murder carried out by people acting on behalf of the state,” Sillah continued.