8 Senegalese charged with terrorism

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Eight accused persons: namely Sidat Jarju, alias, Abelemben, Ebrima Viex Colley, alias, Abuja, Nuha Jammeh, alias, Assamambane, Lamin Teww Sambou, Ansumana Jarju,Tamsir Badjie, Joseph Jatta and Abdousalam Jarju, all Senegalese nationals were yesterday arraigned before Magistrate B Y Camara of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, on charges for conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, spying, receiving stolen property and unlawfully being in possession of Gambian national identity cards.

According to the charge sheet, the accused persons between 2004-2006, while 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, and thereby committing an offence.

Count two stated that the accused person in the same period between 2004-2006, in diverse places in The Gambia, allegedly collected photographs or documents of a confidential nature concerning security installations in The Gambia, which may be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy, and thereby committing an offence.

Count three stated that the accused persons in the same period, received military equipment from Sam Kambai knowing or having reason to believe that it was feloniously obtained.

On count four, the accused persons falsely acquired Gambian national identity cards.

Upon reading the charge sheet to the accused persons, they all pleaded not guilty to count one, two and three, but all of them pleaded guilty to count four, except Nuha Jammeh, the third accused person.

However, Magistrate B Y Camara then advised the accused persons to secure the services of a legal representative, adding that the charges they are facing are very serious.

He then stated that he will not at this moment grant the accused persons bail and subsequently adjourned the case to October 8, 2007.

Author: by Buya Jammeh
Source: The Daily Observer