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Lang Tombong, Sarjo Fofana appeal set for judgment

Apr 30, 2015, 10:03 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

A five-member panel of judges of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice yesterday adopted the briefs filed by both the applicants and respondent, in the criminal appeal case filed by the former chief of defence staff of the Gambia armed forces, Lt. General Lang Tombong Tamba, and the ex-chief of naval staff Rear Admiral Sajor Fofana.

When the case was called, lawyer SM Tambadou represented Lt General Tamba, and lawyer LK Mboge represented Rear Admiral Fofana, and DPP SH Barkun represented the respondent.

SM Tambadou urged the court to allow the appeal and discharge and acquit the appellant.

LK Mboge also urged the court to allow the appeal, and to discharge and acquit the appellant.

SH Barkun urged the court to dismiss the appeal.

The case was adjourned to 6 May for judgment.

Lt General Tamba and Rear Admiral Sarjo Fofana were convicted for treason and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The former senior military chiefs were found guilty on four counts of treasonable indictments in connection with the 21stMarch 2006 abortive coup, alleged to have been masterminded by the former chief of defence staff, Colonel Ndure Cham.

Lang Tombong Tamba, it would be recalled, is currently serving a life sentence along with seven other men in connection with a 2009 coup plot.

The former military chiefs were sentenced on count one, which was conspiracy to commit treason, to 20 years in prison and on count two, which was treason, to another 20 years in prison.

Lang Tombong Tamba was also sentenced to 10 years in prison on count three, which was concealment of treason, and another 10 years in prison on count four, which was treason.