Family members of the victims were present for the launch. The spokesperson of the victims' families informed the audience that he was 10 years old when his mother and other family members were called by their head of family to inform them about what had happened to his father.
Also present were a number of Ghanaian personalities, including the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu, who, as director of the criminal department of the Ghana Police Service had participated in a mission in Senegal and Gambia investigating the killings and disappearances of 'our fellow human beings,' as he so well put it; Nana Oye Lithur, former Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection who at the time of the massacres was regional coordinator of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Africa Office; and a representative of the Office of the President of Ghana.
The initiators of the re-launched campaign had earlier briefed the President of Ghana, who incidentally was the Minister for Foreign Affairs when the killings occurred. They reported that the President appeared to take the matter seriously.
Ghana's IGP, David Asante Apeatu
for the IGP's statement.
Bringing a former President to justice in another country will likely be an uphill battle. Nevertheless, the launch ended on a hopeful note with Justice Emile Short highlighting the jurisdiction options available for Ghana to prosecute Jammeh.
Extradition of Jammeh to Ghana would be required. Justice Short opined:
'Given the evidence that has been compiled, and the gravity of the offences which have been demonstrated by those who have testified to it, I think that a momentum can be gathered to ensure international support for a request for extradition of Yahya Jammeh to Ghana to face trial.'