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Court martial: 7 soldiers get 9 years for plotting to overthrow Pres. Barrow

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The court martial has on Monday sentenced 7 soldiers to 9 years in prison and 1 to a 3-year jail term for plotting to overthrow the administration of President Adama Barrow.

The soldiers whose conviction was made last week were found guilty on charges of treason, concealment of treason and mutiny, among other counts.

They were facing 9 counts charge sheet in connection to a planned coup they fermented against the administration of President Adama Barrow in 2017.

The soldiers were led by Yaya Jammeh, an aide to former President Yahya Jammeh.

The soldiers who gets 9 years are Captain Yaya B. Jammeh, an aide to former President Yahya Jammeh, Lieutenant Abdoulie Jarju, Sergeant Babucarr Sanneh, Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh, Sergeant Malick Bojang, Lance Corporal Abba Badjie, and Private Mbemba Camara.

Meanwhile, Private Alieu Sanneh was found guilty on 4 counts and sentenced to 3 years.

The soldiers acquitted were Corporal Lamin Gibba, Corporal Ebrima Jallow, Lance Corporal Samboujang Bojang and Corporal Sulayman Sanyang.

Court room at Yundum was packed with relatives who were in tears as the judge delivered his judgment.

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