7 Soldiers sentenced to 9 years for Treason, other charges

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Seven of the eight soldiers of The Gambia Armed Force (GAF) were on Monday sentenced to a jail term of 9 years each by a Military Court Martial at Yundum barracks, while Private Alieu Sanneh was sentenced to a jail term of three years.

The soldiers faced crime charges ranging from treason to mutiny among others before the panel of the general Court Marshal presided over by Colonel Salifu Bojang.

Those convicted are: Cpt Yahya B. Jammeh, Lt Abdoulie Jarju, Lt Yahya Jammeh, Sgt Baboucarr Sanneh, Sgt Malick Bojang, Lance Corporal Abba Badjie, Privates Mbemba Camara and Alieu Sanneh.

Four others soldiers, who were part of 12 accused persons were acquitted and discharged. They are: Corporals Lamin Gibba, Ebrima Jallow, Sulayman Sanyang and Lance Corporal Sambujang Bojang.

It could be recalled that the 12 GAF soldiers were facing 9 count charges namely; Treason, incitement to mutiny, failure to report mutiny, conspiracy to commit mutiny, endeavoring to persuade members of The Armed Forces to take part in mutiny and negligent or willful interference with lawful custody among a host of others. The sentences are to run concurrently and that it should start from the date of arrest.

The families of the convicted soldiers broke into in tears, screaming as Salifu Bojang, the President of the Court Martial read his verdict.

Meanwhile, Abdoulie Jarju, son to the second accused person (Lt Jarju) was arrested after the president of the court-martial announced the verdict. He was heard on top of his voice shouting  ‘Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar’ and that ‘today you sentence these people, but tomorrow you will also see’.

Former army Cpt. Yahya Jammeh believed to be the ring-leader, who is also the first accused person was also heard chanting ‘we are happy’ before he boarded a waiting van outside to Mile 2.

Author: Momodou Jawo