gambian coupists sentenced to death


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 The Gambia’s high court on Thursday sentenced eight men, including the former army chief of staff, to death for a coup plot against the government of President Yahya Jammeh. President Jammeh, a former army leutnant, came to power through a 1994 coup.

The eight men are Lt. Gen. Lang Tombong Tamba, former chief of defense staff of The Gambia armed forces; Brig. Gen. Omar Bun Mbye, former deputy chief of defense staff; Col. Lamin Badjie, former head of military intelligence at The Gambia armed forces; Lt. Col. Kawsu Camara, former head of Kanilai Family Farm; Modou Gaye, former deputy inspector general of police; Gibril Ngorr Secka, former head of mission at the Gambian Embassy in Guinea Bissau; and Abdoulie Joof and Yousef Ezziden.

Until their conviction, Mr. Joof and Ezziden were renown businessmen.

Justice Emmanuel Amadi, a Nigerian, said the men were convicted under The Gambia’s treason law.

“After going through the evidence of the prosecution and the defense, I find all the accused persons guilty and accordingly sentence them to death on all three counts,” he told a crowded court in the capital Banjul.

The convicts and their family members broke down in tears. They have only 30 days to file an appeal. Defence lawyer Pap Chessayin Secka said he was disappointed about the judgment, and vowed to contest it at the appeals court.


About musa

I am a Gambian journalist whose mission to use his pen to correct injustice and to tell truth to power was left to bite dust. My newspaper's contents and editorials became "too itchy" that I ended up in Banjul's mosquito-infested cells where I had to cope with three nights of horrendous tortures that left scars all over my body. I was forced to flee into exile with my family, leaving behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators. However, unlike most refugees, my two and half years in Senegal was well spent.

2 responses »

  1. yes, that’s what’s happened. you’re not alone in this mind-boggling drama. let’s wait and see what happens next. would the appeal court revoke the high court’s decision is the million dollar question.

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