23 January 2013

Gambia: Lieutenant Serigne Jallow Under Detention Awaits Trials At Court Martial

Information reaching Foroyaa from the Defence Headquarters of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) in Banjul, has it that Lieutenant Serigne Jallow, an officer of GAF is currently under the detention of Military Police at the Yundum Barracks since his return from a peace keeping mission in Darfur, Sudan, almost 3 weeks ago. The information added that Lieutenant Jallow is already charged and could appear before a General Court Martial any day from now.

According to information, Lieutenant Jallow was charged alongside Sergeant Manlafi Jarju and Corporal Karamo Jatta, but due to his absence from the jurisdiction on an official mission, his trial has been separated and halted pending his return home.

The two others are on trial and now await judgment on their case on Friday, 25 January 2013.

The information however revealed that Lieutenant Jallow was put under detention upon his return home from Darfur after serving under the GAF contingent 'GAMCOY 14', which arrived about 3 weeks ago. The information further indicated that he was earlier on accused of battering one Sona Badjie, a female recruit, during the training of GAF Intake 30 in 2009.

The Spokesperson of GAF, Captain Lamin K. Sanyang confirmed the detention of officer Jallow and said he would be on trial before a General Court Martial. However, Captain Sanyang did not state any date for the commencement of the trial of Lt. Jallow.

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