Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gambia’s Supreme Court Upheld Ex-CDS Tamba & Co’s Death Sentence



The treason convicts condemned to death on Friday, 19 have their death sentence appeal rejected by the Supreme Court of the Gambia, the country’s highest court of law.

Former Army defense chief, Lang Tombong Tamba, ex-deputy defense chief Omar Bun Mbye, ex-intelligence chief Lamin BO Badjie, ex-deputy police chief Modou Gaye, ex-senior military officer Kawsu Camara alias Bombardier, ex-Gambian diplomat Gibril Ngorr Seck and a business tycoon Abdoulie Joof, alias Lie Joof were convicted and sentenced to death by Justice Amadi in June 2010 despite denying allegations of attempting to overthrow Gambian government in 2009.

In 2011, the convicts challenged the decision at the Court of Appeal but was also rejected.

Chaired by Chief Justice Emmanuel Agim, the Supreme Court supported the decision of the court of appeal and dismissed their appeal.

In a congested tiny Court room, Honourable Justice Raymond C. Sock unanimously supported by the five member panel of Judges read the judgment and held that the conviction of the appellants’ cannot on appeal be declared illegal.

according to the ruling, the arguments of counsel on both sides, the evidence and the applicable law," the appellants’ appeal fails and is hereby dismissed" the court ruled.
Author: Binta A Bah

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