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Tamba, Fofana treason trial reaches climax

Jan 19, 2011, 11:53 AM | Article By: Sainey MK Mareneh

The treason trial involving Lt. General Lang Tombong Tamba, former chief of defence staff, and Admiral Sarjo Fofana, ex-chief of naval staff reached its climax at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Ikpala.

Tamba and Fofana are being tried in connection with the 21st March 2006 abortive coup attempt allegedly masterminded by the ex-CDS Col. Ndure Cham.

The accused persons, who have both denied the charges, are facing four counts of treason, conspiracy to commit treason and concealment of treason.

The witnesses called by prosecution included Major Momodou Alieu Bah (PW1) Timothy Sanyang (PW4), a military officer, Momomdou Sowe, a police detective attached to the major crime unit of the Gambia police force, one Manneh, a security officer, Yahya Darboe and Bunja Darboe.

During yesterday’s hearing of the case, D.O Kulo, the Director of Special Litigation at the Attorney General’s Chambers, announced that the prosecution had closed its case.

Defence counsel SM Tambedou reacted by informing the court that they would file a no-case-to- answer on behalf of the accused persons.

Subsequently, the presiding judge gave them one week from yesterday to file in their briefs, and the state was also given one week to file their reply upon receipt of the defence’s briefs.

The case was adjourned until1st February 2011, for adoption of briefs.