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Friday, September 18, 2020

‘WhatsApp’ soldiers deny charges

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The twelve Gambian soldiers who have been charged with treason and concealment of treason in a court martial at Yundum have denied any wrongdoing when they appeared before the court on Monday.
The soldiers who had first appeared before a court martial on November 17, were arrested at different times between July and November accused of attempted coup against President Adama Barrow.

According to the charges, Capt Yahya Jammeh, LT Abdoulie Jarju, LT Yaya Jammeh , Sgt Babucarr Sanneh, Sgt Malick Bojang , CPL Sulayman Sanyang , CPL Lamin Gibba , LCPL Ebrima Jallow , LCPL Sambujang Bojang, LCPL Abba Badjie, LCPL Alieu Sanneh, PTE Mbemba Camara and others at large on or about the month of July 2017 at AU Villa in Brufut and other places in the Republic of The Gambia prepared or endeavored to overthrow the democratically elected government of The Gambia by unlawful means and thereby committed an offence .

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But the soldiers who are being detained at Mile 2 Central Prison denied the charges.
They were alleged to have scheduled meetings which were recorded and published on their WhatsApp forum.
The military alleged they were talking about overthrow of the Barrow government which is currently being protected by regional forces and the paramilitary.
The soldiers could face up to life in jail or death if convicted. The case continues tomorrow.

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