Saturday, November 5, 2011

‘End Dictatorship Refers to President Jammeh’

Dr. Janneh
Inpector Sulayman Gaye, a police investigator has said that ‘Coalition for Change-The Gambia: End Dictatorship Now’, as inscribed in T-shirts allegedly printed and distributed by former Information minister refers to no other person, but Gambian president Yahya Jammeh.
Mr Gaye made this remark yesterday while continuing his testimony as state witness no.2 in the treason trial involving Gambia’s former Information minister, Dr Amadou Scattred Janneh, Michel C. Ucheh Thomas, a Nigerian, and two Gambian youth, Modou Keita and Ebrima Jallow.
They are charged with treason, conspiracy and sedition at the High Court in Banjul for allegedly printing and distributing T-Shirts bearing the inscription: ‘Coalition for Change The Gambia, End to Dictatorship Now.’ They all pleaded not guilty.
“Where in T shirt is the president mentioned,” defense lawyer, Lamin Camara quizzed, but the police Inspector insisted that “Coalition for Change-The Gambia, End Dictatorship Now’ is referring to president Jammeh.
“What is The Gambia, a dictatorship or democratic state?” Camara pressed police officer Gaye.
“It a democratic state,” Gaye, who claimed that he was part of the investigation team that probed into the saga responded.
“What is your basis when you said T-Shirts were meant to incite people to topple The Gambia government?” lawyer Camara quizzed further and Gaye responded that the wordings on the shirts illustrate that.
Lawyer Camara however put it to Gaye that words on the T-shirt refers to all dictators in the world. Gaye however maintained that it refers to president Jammeh.
When asked whether any revolt had happened in The Gambia on May 25, 2011, Gaye, who had earlier said that the plan to topple The Gambia government was scheduled for May 25, however admitted that there was no demonstration or violence in the country.
Meanwhile, the third state witness, Muhammed Edris, manager of Sirtex Company said, the 4th accused person Michel C. Ucheh Thomas bought 70 white T-shirts on the 23 May 2011 and additional 30 on the following day.
He further told the court that he did not know what the T-shirts were meant for.
The trial will continue on the 8, November 2011.

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