By Ebrima G. Sankareh, Editor-in-Chief
Unimpeachable sources close to the 2016 Coalition Government of President Adama Barrow have revealed and The Gambia Echo can confirm with incontrovertible evidence, the appointment of Gambian born international jurist, Justice Hassan Boubacar Jallow as Gambia’s Chief Justice.
Probably the most qualified and deserving thus far of the list of appointments some of which have triggered widespread condemnations and reservations across the spectrum, Justice Jallow’s meritorious appointment as The Gambia’s legal luminary, is a welcome development given his fine intellect, superb legal skills and cool and collected disposition; rare yet requisite assets for a judiciary bereft of its reputation and a country obliterated of its democratic credentials.
A native of the provincial Cosmopolis of Bansang in The Gambia’s rugged interior, Jallow who hails from a family of venerable Islamic scholars, was born in 1951 and attended Banjul’s St. Augustine’s High School and studied law in Tanzania and London, UK.
A career prosecutor in The Gambia’s Attorney General Chambers, he had served as Solicitor General and later Attorney General and Minister of Justice under the PPP regime of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara that was ousted from power on July 22, 1994.
Jallow studied law at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the Nigerian Law School, and University College London. In 1982, he was appointed the Solicitor General of the Gambia. He was Attorney General and Minister of Justice for the Gambia from 1984 to 1994, and in 1998 he was appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court of the Gambia.
In 1998, the United Nations Secretary-General appointed Jallow to serve as an international legal expert and carry out a judicial evaluation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia.
Jallow was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal and in 2002 he became a judge of the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. In 2003, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan selected Jallow and the United Nations Security Council approved him as the prosecutor of the ICTR, succeeding Carla Del Ponte. Jallow is the first ICTR prosecutor to not also be the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was awarded the honour of Commander of the National Order of The Gambia.
Jallow is also an author. His most notable work is : The Law of the African (Banjul) Charter on Human and People’s Rights. Trafford Publishing, ISBN 1-4251-1418-0
Biographical source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_Bubacar_Jallow