(JollofNews) – State prosecutors in the Gambia Friday filed treason charges against a group of ‘mutinous’ soldiers accused of engaging in mutinous, defamatory, scandalous and unethical acts against the government of President Adama Barrow.
Captain Yaya Biray Jammeh; Lieutenant Abdoulie Jarju; Lieutenant Yaya Jammeh; Sergeant Babucarr Sanneh; Sergeant Malick Bojang; Corporal Sulayman Sanyang; Couple Lamin Gibba; Couple Ebrima Jallow; Lance Couple Sambujang Bojang; Lance Couple Aba Badjie; Private Mbemba Camara and Private Alieu Sanneh are said said to have used WhatsApp to post audio recordings critical of the government.
Dressed in military ceremonial dresses and in handcuffs, the men made their first public appearance since their arrest in July before a military court-martial on Friday at the country’s first infantry battalion in Yundum, some 27 kilometer from the capital, Banjul.
When the case was called, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, MB Abubacarr, applied for the matter to be adjourned, saying they are constraint by time. He also applied for the accused persons to be remanded at the State Central Prisons as the detention facilities in the military barracks are inadequate.
Defending the men, Captain Suwaibou Jammeh, objected to the prosecution’s application for his clients to be remanded. He said the accused are charged with the most serious offence and the defence need to sit with their families to secure legal representations.
“We would like them to be kept in the military custody until next adjourned date. We don’t also lay our hands on all the documents including sim card registered details and transcribed WhatsApp chat and voice messages.”
The defence’s objection was overruled by the president of the court, Colonel Salifu Bojang, who ordered them to be kept in prison.
“We have carefully observed the defence application but it has not stated that the accused will not have access to their families while in custody and did not also object to prosecution assertion that military facilities are inadequate,” he stated.
He ordered the prosecution to provide all necessary documents to the defence.
The case continues.