Eight Coup Plotters to be Sentenced Today

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By Almamo Kamaso
The ongoing treason trial involving 12 soldiers of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) on Friday found eight out of the 12 guilty of the crime. The soldiers were tried for an attempted coup plot against the Barrow government. The trial judge will pass the sentence on the eight today May 27 2019.
The convicted men are namely: Captain Yaya Jammeh, a former aide to former President Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh, Sergeant Babucarr Sanneh, Lieutenant Abdoulie Jarju, Lance Corporal Abba Badjie, Sergeant Malick Bojang,Private Mbemba Camara and Private Alieu Sanneh.
These soldiers were all found guilty of plotting to overthrow President Adama Barrow’s government.
A panel of military men headed by the president of the panel Colonel Salifu Bojang announced the verdict in a packed courtroom of family members and other well-wishers last Friday. Bojang said the eight men intended to demonstrate, request keys to the army armouries, arrest senior army officials including the army chief as well as ministers.
These soldiers, numbering twelve were in 2017, arrested and charged before a military court for being part of a WhatsApp group which they created to hatch an elaborate plot to topple President Adama Barrow’s government. Four of the men were later discharged for lack of evidence.
On Friday 24 May 2019, a general court martial found the remaining eight guilty of treason after more than two years of trial. They will be sentenced today Monday May 27.

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