17 June 2011

Gambia News:Former Information Minister Yet to Answer Treason Allegations

(Dailynews) Almost six days after his arrest and detention without access to family and attorney, Dr Amadou Scattred Janneh and three other men have been arraigned on Monday on charges of treason and sedition. 
They are accused of distributing T-shirts imprinted with the slogan: ‘Coalition for Change, The Gambia: End Dictatorship Now.’
But they are yet to respond to the allegations as the matter was transferred to proceed at the High Court after it was decided that the magistrates’ court lacks jurisdiction to preside over treason, which attracts up to a death sentence.  
The Daily News could not gather much information about the other three men: Michel C Ucheh Thomas, Modou Keita and Ebrima Jallow. 
But Dr Janneh served as Information Minister for over a year under the Jammeh administration following his return from U.S. where he studied journalism and political science and later taught for over ten years as assistant professor, African and African-American Studies University of Tennessee, U.S. 
He is the CEO and sole proprietor of Commit Enterprises a leading IT outfit in The Gambia. 
A community development activist, Mr Janneh has for many years spearheaded and financed development activities in his hometown of Gunjur. It is not clear when the High Court will preside over the case. 
Meanwhile, all the accused persons are remanded pending proper arraignments.

courtesy: dailynews.gm

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