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Monday, October 19, 2020

GOV’T ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR 9 DISSIDENTS INCLUDING ONE WOMAN

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They are Cherno Njie, Mustapha Faal, Alhaji Saidy Barrow, Papa Faal, Baboucarr Bai Lowe, Musa Sarr, Landing Sonko, Lamin Njie and Aisha Jallow.

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High Court judge, Justice Simon Abi issued the warrant  following chief state prosecutor’s application for the accused who now live in the United States to be extradited by Interpol. 

“In view of the application, an order is hereby made directing the Inspector General of Police, the Interpol and any other relevant security agencies or personnel to arrest the accused persons or any of them wherever they may be seen and produce them before this court to answer to the charges brought against them,” Justice Abi said.

“This order shall serve as a warrant for any person who may come in contact with the accused persons to arrest them and hand them over to the court or the authority for prosecution.”

The accused, most Gambian-American citizens, were slammed with three counts of treason, two counts of concealment of treason, a count of mutiny and offences relating to mutiny.

They are accused of attempting to overthrow President Jammeh’s government by means of a coup d’ etat on December 30, 2014.

Prosecutors also accused them of assisting Lamin Sanneh (deceased) to invade The Gambia with an armed forces with intent to overthrow the democratically elected government by unlawful means.

Some of the accused have been further alleged to have failed to give information to the authorities that former State Guard commander Lamin Sanneh and others intended to commit treason.

The case will resume on May 13 for mention.

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