19 October 2012

Gambia: Today Is D-Day for General Tamba, Others

Today, Friday, 19 October 2012, the Supreme Court of The Gambia will deliver judgment in the final appeal hearing of former CDS Lieutenant General Lang Tombong Tamba, Brigadier General Omar Bun Mbye, Major Lamin Bo Badgie, Lieutenant Colonel Kawsu Camara, former DIG Momodou B. Gaye, Gibril Ngorr Secka and Abdoulie Joof.

This appeal at the country's highest Court is preceded by the two judgments delivered by the Gambia Court of Appeal and the High Court that sentenced all the seven men to death on two counts of treason.

The seven men were charged on 19 March 2010 before Justice Emmanuel Amadi at the Banjul High Court, on the three counts of treason on the allegation of trying to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Yaya Jammeh, by procuring arms and ammunitions from Guinea Conakry for the purpose of staging a coup d'etat. The State called 16 witnesses including civilians, military officers, police officers and GSM operators who tendered dozens of exhibits. The seven men filed a no case to answer submission, but it was dismissed by the Court. They were ordered to open their defence, which they did, but did not call any supportive witnesses.

After a trial lasting 4 months, the seven, on 15 July 2010, were all convicted and sentenced to death. They later filed an appeal before the Court of Appeal chaired by Justice Joseph Wowo, which subsequently dismissed their appeal and confirmed the death sentence of the lower court (High Court). The death row convicts, un-satisfied with the verdict of the Appeal Court, filed another appeal at the Gambia Supreme Court which will be delivering its judgment on the case today.

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