Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:08(JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has granted amnesty to two Senegalese separatist rebels who were jailed for terrorism offences in the Gambia.
Sidat Jarju and Ebrima Vex Colley were in April 2008 given a five year jail term by Senior Magistrate Kayode Olajubutu of the Banjul Magistrates Court after they were found guilty together with seven others for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, spying, receiving stolen property and unlawfully possession of Gambian national identity cards.
A statement from the Office of the President said the men were given their freedom by the president in honour of the Muslim feast of Eid-ul Fitr.
The men were accused to have between 2004-2006 in diverse places in the Gambia, conspired to carry out acts of terrorism against neighbouring State of Senegal in a manner prejudicial to the public security and national defence of The Gambia.
They were also said to have between 2004-2006, in diverse places in the Gambia, collected photographs or documents of a confidential nature concerning security installations in the Gambia, which may be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy.
During the trial, Sidat Jarju and Ebrima Vex Colley alleged that they were tortured and forced to write confession statements while being detained at the National Intelligence Headquarters in Banjul.
Other prisoners to benefit from the amnesty include Yahya Drammeh, Mam Kanteh, Lamin Jaiteh, Katim Njai, Kebba Barrow, Alhagie Boye, Abdoulie Kuyateh, Ousainou Camara, Njaga Faal, Mam Yunusa Jallow, Alhagie Yunusa Barry, Babucarr Dukureh (Senegalese); Abdou Karim Leigh, Ahmadou Tijan Jallow and Delphine Koiba (Guinean), Omar Bah (Bissau Guinean) and Darling Warmah, (Liberian).
Written by PK Jarju
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