Lawyer asks president to pardon Gen Tamba, others

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Lt General Lang Tombong Tamba, Brigadier General Omar Bun Mbye, Colonel Lamin BO Badjie, Lt Colonel Kawsu Camara alias ‘Bombardier’, former deputy inspector general of police, Modou Gaye, Gibril Ngorr Secka and Abdoulie Joof were accused by state prosecutors of procuring arms and ammunition, equipment and mercenaries from Guinea Conakry to stage a coup d’état and overthrow the government. They denied any wrong doing but were sentenced to death by the high court after being found guilty on all counts in 2010. 

The Supreme Court headed by hief Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan on 12 November commuted their death sentence to life.

In a letter addressed to the president, Sherriff Tambadou said the petition was personal and in exercise of his right as a citizen of The Gambia in the hope that the acceptance of their request will benefit his clients and their families.

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While recognising the developmental quantum leaps registered under President Jammeh aimed at promoting the welfare of Gambian, he characterised president Jammeh as the “God chosen” leader who has earned the love of Gambians

While renewing his call for the president to exercise his prerogative of mercy, he wrote that the ability of his clients to successfully appeal their death sentence at the highest court of the land underscores the president’s respect for rule of law and non-interference in the functioning of the judiciary.

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