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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Scattred Janneh charged with treason in absentia

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It is recalled that Dr Janneh was convicted by the special criminal court in Banjul for a similar charge three years ago. 

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However, neither the prosecutor nor Janneh was in court yesterday when the case was called, prompting the presiding magistrate, Samsideen Conteh, to adjourn the case until May 18 for hearing.

Prosecutors alleged that Janneh had distributed T- Shirts bearing “Jammeh must go now ‘Waato Seeta’”. Police investigators alleged that the incident had happened in November last year along the Senegal-Gambia border and diverse places with intent to usurp the executive powers of the state.

The court had earlier issued a bench warrant against him in November last year to enable the police to arrest him and bring him before the court to stand trial.

Janneh was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the then special criminal court judge, Justice Emmanuel Nkea, after he was found guilty on four counts of treason along with his co-accused, Ebrima Jallow and Michael Uche who later died in prison before the completion of his three-year jail term. He was later pardoned by President Yahya Jammeh along with Tamsir Jasseh following a visit by the popular American civil rights activist, Rev Jesse Jackson, to The Gambia.

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