27 December 2012

Gambia: One Officer, Two Soldiers Charged Before Court Martial the Officer Out of Jurisdiction

Credible information gathered from reliable sources told Foroyaa that a General Court Martial involving 2 soldiers of The Gambia Armed Force (GAF) is currently taking place at the Yundum Military Barracks. The information also added that another officer who is currently out of the jurisdiction was also charged before the said Court and a pending charge awaits him.

According to the information Lieutenant Serign Jallow, Sergeant Manlafi Jarju and Corporal Karamo Jatta attached to GAF Training School are jointly charged for allegedly abusing their subordinates (junior soldiers) at the training school. However, the information added that officer Serign Jallow is currently out of the jurisdiction on an official mission when his co-accused persons were arrested and charged with the said offence. The information indicated that both Sergeant Jarju and Corporal Jatta are currently on Court Martial taking place at the Yundum Barracks on the said offence. The information stated that Justice Mikailu Abdullahi of the Banjul High Court is sitting at the trial as the judge advocate.

When contacted, the GAF Spokesperson, Captain Lamin K. Sanyang confirmed the trial of the 2 soldiers and indicated that pending charge is awaiting Lieutenant Jallow upon return from the mission abroad and will be put on trial for the offence. Captain Sanyang indicated that the trial is not a secret, but open to the public like any law Court. He added that families and relatives of the accused persons are allowed access to witness the trial. He added that the press is free to cover the proceedings of the trial as the previous Court Martial, adding that GAF would not conduct any secret trial of their personnel.

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