Alleged Coup Plot Against Barrow: 2 Civilians & Policeman charged with Treason

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President Adama Barrow
President Adama Barrow

Police prosecutors have filed treason and concealment of treason charges against two civilians and one policeman for their alleged role in the coup plot against the government of President Adama Barrow, court documents seen by Alkamba Times reveal.

Muhammed Jabbi and Saikou Jawara, both civilians, and Fabakary Jawara, a police officer, were arraigned before a lower court in Banjul earlier today before Principal Magistrate Muhammed Krubally, and both accused persons deny any involvement.

Principal Magistrate Muhammed Krubally

According to the bill of indictment, the trio, sometimes in October and December 2022 within Banjul and diverse places in the country, conspired among themselves and failed to dispatch the information to overthrow a democratically elected President Barrow to a minister, Magistrate, a police officer or a member of the armed forces.

They were further accused of being informed by the alleged ring leader, Corporal Sanna Fadera, to overthrow a democratically elected President Barrow, which they failed to dispatch to a minister, Magistrate, police officer, or member of the armed forces.

The accused persons are remanded in custody, and the case is transferred to the high court, which has the jurisdiction to try such capital offenses.

Meanwhile, the government last week announced the launch of a joint investigation panel to investigate the alleged coup plot to topple the government foiled two weeks ago.

The panel, which includes various security apparatuses and the Ministry of Justice, has 30 days to submit their report after their probes.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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