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CCG wants to establish radio station in Kaolack, chief investigator tells court

Dec 8, 2011, 12:19 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

The head of the panel of investigators in the treason and sedition trial of former information minister, Dr Amadou Janneh, yesterday told the court in Banjul that investigations showed the “Coalition for Change” The Gambia (CCG) purchased a radio transmitter to establish a radio station in the town of Kaolack in neighbouring Senegal.

Bakebba Suso, assistant superintendent of police and the commanding officer of the CID at police headquarters, said it was from where they would broadcast negative things about The Gambia in order to incite the inhabitant of the country to revolt against the government of The Gambia.

Suso was continuing to give evidence at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul, where Dr Janneh and three others are on trial.

“Our investigations revealed that CCG planned a press conference with the SG and spokesperson of the CCG, Ndey Tapha Sosseh, on April 9th 2011 and they planned to broadcast it on Walfadjir radio Station and Sud FM both in Senegal on 11 April 2011, for sensitization for a mass protest in The Gambia,” the chief investigator added.

He said the delay in receiving their radio transmitter also contributed to foiling of the protest, adding that they wanted the two Senegalese radios to broadcast the press release and audio interview of Ndey Tapha Sosseh in the local languages and English.

During Monday’s proceedings, ASP Suso also told the court that the CCG wanted to overthrow the government through street demonstrations and mass protests.
“The proposed day they intended to carry out their mass protest was the 25th May 2011, which coincided with the President’s birthday.”

The printout from the CCG email account was shown to the witness, who recognized it in court.

“The message was sent by the “Coalition for Change” to one Dodou Wade,” he said, adding: “The investigations also revealed that the 1st accused, Dr. Janneh, was the coordinator of the “Coalition for Change” and that the 1st accused had a meeting with the said Dodou Wade to solicit support from the Senegalese government for the establishment of a radio station, from a reliable Gambian dissident group and from an organization called ‘Wrapo’ in Senegal to overthrow the government of The Gambia.”

ASP Suso told the court that at page 4 of exhibit D3, a radio transmitter was bought to establish a radio station in Kaolack to be broadcasting negative messages about The Gambia.

Hearings continues today.