The Gambia has begun a secret trial of six soldiers alleged to have been part of the December 30, 2014 coup attempt.
They are being tried at a Court Martial at Fajara barracks where Colonel Momodou Sowe serves as President of the Court Martial, while Justice Amadi serve as Judge Advocate and the country’s Director of Public Prosecution Hadi Saileh Barkun as Prosecutor.
The accused person, who are being tried of treason and related allegations include Private Momodou Njie who was injured and captured during the palace attack. Others are Lieutenant Sowe, Lieutenant Colonel Saikou Jarju, Lieutenant Sanneh, Captain Abdoulie Bojang and another Captain Bojang – all active members of the Gambia armed forces.
They made their 3rd appearance at the court on Wednesday February 11. The two previous appearances where on February 4th and February 9th 2015.
The trials are being held in secret, away from media publicity but family members are allowed to attend.
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh had earlier described the attack as a “terrorist” act and said members of GAF are not involved, but the trial has proved otherwise.