Human Rights, Legal, Politics

7 Soldiers Convicted For Treason Against President Adama Barrow

By Alieu Jallow

Seven soldiers of the Gambia Armed Forces were on Monday 27 May convicted and sentenced by the General Court Martial to serve different years in prison for plotting to overthrow the government of President Adama Barrow. The trial which was dubbed ‘WhatsApp Treason Trial’ has been going on for almost two against Captain Yaya B. Jammeh, Lieutenant Abdoulie Jarju, Lieutenant Yaya Jammeh, Sergeant Baboucarr Sanneh, Sergeant Malick Bojang, Lance Corporal Abba Badjie, Private Mbemba Camara. Private Alieu Sanneh, Corporal Sulayman Sanyang, Corporal Lamin Gibba, Corporal Ebrima Jallow and Lance Corporal Samboujang Bojang.

The verdict of the trial was delivered since Friday 24 May but sentencing and acquittal was announced on Monday 27 May at the Yundum Military camp. The Soldiers were charge with treason. incitement to mutiny, negligence, willing-full interference with lawful custody and connivance of desertion said to be discussed and planned in a WhatsApp group.

Convicted officers. (photo credit Kerr Fatou)

After reading out the judgment, Colonel Salifu Bojang, announced the verdict and found Captain Yaya B. Jammeh, Lieutenant Abdoulie Jarju, Lieutenant yaya Jammeh, Sergeant Baboucarr Sanneh, Sergeant Malick Bojang, Lance Corporal Abba Badjie, Private Mbemba Camara and Private Alieu Sanneh guilty and sentenced them to nine years imprisonment. The Court also freed Corporal Sulayman Sanyang, Corporal Lamin Gibba, Corporal Ebrima Jallow and Lance Corporal Samboujang Bojang.

The sentences are to run concurrently from the day of their arrest and detention.

 

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