Two Gambian army generals face charges of desertion

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Two Gambian army generals with strong ties to former ruler Yahya Jammeh are to be court-martialled for desertion following their return from Equatorial Guinea where the ex-president lives in exile, an army spokesperson confirmed to PANA on Thursday.

"They have been charged with desertion and the matter is before the general court martial. They are accorded with a choice to look for private representation. They were cooperative throughout the investigation and the matter will proceed on 4 April,” Major Lamin Sanyang said.

General Umpa Mendy was the principal protection officer of Jammeh while General Ansumana Tamba was Commander of the State Guards battalion, an elite military unit that was widely known in Gambia as “jugglers”.

The two generals left the country with Jammeh in 2017 to Equatorial Guinea and returned in January 2018.

According to the Gambian Armed Forces Act, if they are convicted on desertion, they could face up to life imprisonment or a minimum sentence of three years in jail or a dismissal from the army.
-0- PANA MSS/AR 29March2018

29 مارس 2018 19:24:37

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