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Murder of Deyda Hydara: AFP satisfied that the investigation is progressing

AFP expressed satisfaction that the investigation into the 2004 murder of its long-time Gambia correspondent Deyda Hydara is making progress, after a man suspected of involvement in the crime was arrested in Germany.

 

 

Phil Chetwynd, global news director of AFP, welcomed the progress in the investigation into Hydara's death.
"We continue to call for justice to be served against the killers of our colleague, who paid with his life in his fight for press freedom," he said.

An editor of the independent newspaper The Point as well as an AFP correspondent, Hydara had been driving two colleagues home from a party at the paper's offices on the night of December 16, 2004.
Hydara was shot three times in the head by unidentified gunmen in his car on the outskirts of the Gambian capital Banjul.

He began working at AFP in 1974 as a translator before becoming a correspondent.
The newspaperman also worked with the media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres, who described him as the "impetus" behind an open letter that the group sent to Jammeh about the press bill.
He left behind a wife and four children.

A Gambian man has been remanded in custody in Germany.
The suspect, has been remanded in custody for crimes against humanity, murder and attempted murder while working as a driver for the army unit between 2003 and 2006, prosecutors in the city of Karlsruhe said.
He is accused of involvement in two murders and one attempted murder, including the 2004 killing of Deyda Hydara.