The former Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh has been sued by victims of his fake HIV/AIDS treatment program on Thursday.
This is the first time Jammeh is being sued since he left office and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea in 2017.
Three victims of the fake AIDS treatment program have filed a motion at the high court in the capital Banjul demanding compensation.
The victims were supported by a U.S.-based charity AIDS-Free World to gather evidence for the case.
Ousman Sowe, Lamin Ceesay and Fatou Jatta who are the first three persons to have sued Jammeh joined the former Gambian leader’s HIV/AIDS treatment programme in 2007.
They gave up their anti-retroviral drugs under coercion and were forced to drink home-made medicine worsening their health conditions.
Sowe, a former university lecturer in his 60s who was at the court to file the motion was quoted as saying that “I believe it is my responsibility to hold Jammeh to account. I knew that one day the real story would be told.”
Many of the patients who subjected themselves to the cure died, according to survivors who said it was scary at the time to criticise Jammeh and the fake treatment.
The victims are seeking financial damages for harm suffered and a declaration that their human rights were violated.