“Dec. 30 plotters should be arrested”

By Omar Bah

A former APRC supporter Omar Beyai, who claimed to be the chairman of the so-far unregistered All Peoples’ Party, APP, has called on President Barrow to immediately facilitate the arrest of the December 30th coup plotters.

Cherno Njie, the ‘financier’ of the December 30th coup and Alagie Barrow who was also part of the attack described by many as heroes, were received at the Banjul International Airport Saturday by Omar Amadou Jallow, Minister of Agriculture, victims, family members, among others.
“I want to call on the new government to immediately facilitate the arrest of the December 30th coup plotters for them to face justice and if found guilty, then the law should take its course,” he told The Standard yesterday in an exclusive interview.

He said the new government should not consider the coup plotters as heroes because they were trying to overthrow a legitimate government.
“I am totally disappointed by the new government’s decision to celebrate an act of rebellion as if it was normal. Because celebrating them as heroes means they are encouraging future coup plots the future governments could fall victim to,” he said.

He continued: “The new government should remember that presently there are some soldiers who are detained and facing justice for allegedly trying to overthrow them. If the December 30th coup plotters are heroes what about those soldiers under detention? Whosoever is out to destabilize or overthrow a legitimate government by any means should be considered a rebel.”
He said although former President Jammeh was alleged to have committed crimes that should not warrant the new government to celebrate people who wanted to overthrow a legitimate government and the should have been put in jail.

“What is unconstitutional is just not constitutional and it does not matter who did it or the reason behind the act. This is unacceptable especially during a time when the country is in the process of reunification after Yahya Jammeh,” he added.
Beyai further added that if the new government intends to allow the coup plotters to go free it should just formalize it by announcing pardon, “but then the risk is very high, because it can also motivate others to do the same.”

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  1. i realt agree with you. The government should not identify themselves with undemocratic methods. This is out of the way. If gambians want a democratic and a law biding nation, all of the people involved in these acts should be isolated by government. An example that shows that still gambian politicians are not yet ready to practice democracy.

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    1. If we are to forget the pass, we will forget it in totality and avoid witch hunting. They are criminals who should face treason which is among the greatest criminal charges in our laws. Why should they go free whilst the government will continue to hunt Jammeh and his associates. Be fair please sir!

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  2. Wat abt Jammeh n co should face justice too for illegally overthrown of d PPP government.. Hippocrates Gambians.. A country constituted by cawords that’s what we are….

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  3. You must be a general fool to disrespect our heroes. If you don’t have anything important to say then shut up your dirty mouth.

    You might not

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  4. I can understand some of you here who do not want any democratic nation in Gambia with some of your comments. Democracy is for the people, by the people and of the people. Remember corruption is very undemocratic and this is what happens here. speak the truth when necessary.

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  5. why did he not call for the arrest and trial of yay jammed for overthrowing a democratically elected government? Again when yay jammed denied so many people their basic human right he created the condition of people using force to remove him

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    1. Jammeh is not the only problem for Gambia. Even today there are some of his former collaborators working with the Barrow Government. The whole Aprc- leadership should be brought forward to answer questions on the abuse of human rights in the Gambia during their governing period.

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  6. Jammeh is not the only problem for Gambia. Even today there are some of his former collaborators working with the Barrow Government. The whole Aprc- leadership should be brought forward to answer questions on the abuse of human rights in the Gambia during their governing period.

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  7. Once a president become a dictator, the beginning of his fall is eminent. We must remember dictators always tend to be tough they can do what ever it takes to remain in power, and as result many violence will be happening and uprisings will follows.

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  8. Anonymous, people should be fair with omar, what he says is very clear. he is no more with APRC, he publicly said that Yaya jammeh should apologies to all Gambians especially victims of his 22yrs rule. that whosoever distabilised/overthrow or about to an elected government should be considered a rebel be it DEC 30 plotters, 1994 coup, present plotters under custody. what is not constitutional is not so is very clear.

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  9. Omar also said that the biggest achievement of the present government is the TRRC of which he said whosoever is involved should face justice, commission of inquiry and democracy. i think he is very neutral. hence he should be given a chance. he is very honest guy and we should be very fair with him. i think we need follow his interviews and we will not judge him wrong. he is a true politician

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