Mr Manneh, the chairman of abroad-based Civil Society Organisations The Gambia, yesterday appeared before the Federal Court in Minnesota, a week after the FBI raided his house in Georgia.
He has been charged with violating the Neutrality Act, which prohibits individuals in the US from conspiring to overthrow governments with which the US is not at war.
Investigators revealed that although Banka did not travel down to The Gambia to take part in the attack, he did however participate in ‘conference calls and exchanged planning documents with the other members of the conspiracy,” and “purchased two pistols and one rifle to equip co-conspirators participating in the coup.”
The FBI has since confiscated Manneh’s computers, phone equipment, and mobile phones, along with various documents found at his house.
He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear before the court tomorrow to take his plea.]]>