Gambian warlord's 'torture' enforcer found living freely in Glasgow

Alagie Morr also known as Edrissa Jobe was a senior figure in the ­ government of Gambian president Yahya Jammeh
-Credit: (Image: Sunday Mail)


A warlord's enforcer who has been accused of a violent catalogue of torture is living in Glasgow.

Human rights groups and ­politicians have demanded urgent action after the former intelligence agency operative Alagie Morr was traced to a flat in the city.

Also known as Edrissa Jobe, he was a senior figure in the ­government of brutal Gambian president Yahya Jammeh, whose 22-year reign was characterised by extreme violence, arrests, political ­disappearances and murder.

Government investigations have linked Morr to the beatings, sexual assaults and electrocution of detainees under his control, the Sunday Mail reports.

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Calls for him to face justice are now being made, which could mean his return to Gambia, which is now a democratic republic.

But speaking at his flat in the east end of Glasgow, Morr said: “It’s not safe for me to go home. I will be killed or I will kill somebody.”

Morr has been living in Glasgow for several years in the Barlanark area while an asylum application is considered.

Last year he was charged under the Abusive ­Behaviour and Sexual Harm Act in ­connection with an incident in which he was accused of pursuing his partner or ex-partner into a lane close to his home and kicking her in March last year.

The charges were later deserted by the Procurator Fiscal and no further action was taken.

Police Scotland and the Crown Office are understood to be ­considering information about Morr’s alleged crimes in Gambia to decide whether to take action here which could involve an extradition.

Gambia’s Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) named Morr was a high-ranking agent in the president’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEAG).

The commission’s reports repeatedly name him in ­connection with ­sickening incidents in which detainees reported being stripped naked, handcuffed, beaten and sexually assaulted.

Reed Brody, an international war crimes prosecutor and spokesman for Human Rights Watch in Brussels, said: “Edrissa Jobe, or Alagie Morr as he is also known, was a close ­associate of Yahya Jammeh.

“He has been credibly implicated in multiple cases of torture in Gambia where the Truth Commission has called for his prosecution.

“One way or another, in Scotland or Gambia, Alagie Morr should be brought to justice.”

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When the Sunday Mail confronted Morr at his Glasgow home, the dad of two insisted he was not the ­“decision maker” in Jammeh’s government.

Refusing to direct his answers to the reporter, he said: “I’ve been here for seven years. I’ve had four or five interviews with the Home Office and no response on my asylum ­application. I know nothing about an extradition. I love this place.

“Talk of human rights violations, it hurts me. I was not the decision maker in that government. ­Interrogation was not under my care.

“My job was to take statement and compile files to be passed to the prosecutors to make a decision on if they would have a case.

“I was trying to impose justice for my country and globally.

“The people who are accusing me of human rights violations and torture were people who were arrested and taken to court.

“The people involved in making these alleged human rights allegations know what they are doing.

“They know as soon as you are accused of alleged human rights violations and torture they know your asylum claim is done.”

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Morr said his children are elsewhere and wife died four years ago.

He added: “I don’t know where my wife is buried or why she died. I will not live with my family feeling threatened as I was doing the right thing.

“As long as the government ­officials and cartel are conspiring, my life is not safe.

“Why are they after only me? There were 70 names but people who are still in my country have not been arrested.”

Morr lives in a flat filled with gym equipment. Neighbours had no idea who he was, with one saying they thought he was a night worker.

The 6ft 4in warlord enforcer also chased a photographer in the street.

Alba MSP and former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “The case highlights just how ridiculous the UK Government’s approach to asylum and immigration is, that the Home Office is obsessing over small boats and sending people to Rwanda, and meanwhile we are doing nothing about this man.

“It is unbelievable that he has been arrested in Scotland, then the Crown Office have just let him walk free, from what I can see. By all accounts he should be in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.”

A spokesperson for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said it was “inappropriate” to comment “at this time”.