Justice Basirou Mahoney of the Gambia Excessive Court docket handed down a 12-year jail sentence to Personal Sanna Fadera, a soldier discovered responsible of orchestrating a foiled coup attempt in opposition to President Adama Barrow’s administration Tuesday.
The coup try was executed late final yr. Fadera was charged with main the failed coup together with eight different troopers who had been charged with treason and conspiracy in January. Justice Mahoney revealed that the preliminary prosecution witness, Barra Touray, introduced proof indicating that Fadera had visited him on the 1st Infantry Battalion in Yundum roughly six months earlier than the coup. Throughout this go to, Fadera communicated his intent to overthrow the federal government. The choose additional famous that Touray testified in courtroom, stating that he had acquired a cellphone name from Fadera in October 2022. Throughout this name, Fadera urged Touray to steer sure troopers from the first Infantry Battalion to partake within the tried coup.
Fadera has denied involvement within the coup. Three different defendants, Gibril Darboe, Ebrima Sannoh and Fa Bakary Jawara, had been acquitted by Decide Mahoney. The State appealed the acquittals, with the Decide permitting the three to be launched on bond pending the federal government’s enchantment.
Gambia was beforehand underneath an authoritarian regime that spanned over twenty years, marked by allegations of systemic abuses underneath the management of former President Yahya Jammeh. Earlier than President Barrow got here to energy, former President Jammeh foiled a number of makes an attempt to overthrow him earlier than he misplaced the presidential election in 2016.