Private Modou Njie
Private Soldier Modou Njie who was sentenced to death by a military tribunal in The Gambia (Court Martial), has confirmed his release from the state central prison Mile 2 on Monday, 30th January, 2016.
Njie`s love ones and relatives converged at his Ebo Town residence today Tuesday 31st January, to welcome him back home after serving almost two years of a life jail term. He could only confirm his release and promised to narrate his ‘ordeal’ to this reporter in the near future.
His younger brother also called Modou Njie thanked the Foroyaa Newspaper for standing firm with their family in difficult times.
Modou Njie was a Private Soldier in The Gambia Armed Forces and left for Germany couple of years ago, before joining his colleagues to come back to the country and made an attempt to forcefully remove then President Jammeh from office.
He was captured by the Gambian army and sustained injuries. He was tried in a secret Court Martial presided over by High Court Judge Emmanuel A. Amadi and was sentenced to death and life imprisonment on separate counts of treason, offence relating to mutiny, security and desertion.
The five member Court Martial panel comprised a President and four other members, who are senior Officers from GAF. The trial took place from 5th February to 30 March 2015 at the Officers’ Training Centre, Fajara Barracks outside the glare of the media.
According to a release after their conviction, the Court Martial was convened in accordance with regulation 103 of the Gambia Armed Forces Regulations for disciplinary acts, Cap 19:01 Laws of the Gambia, 2009.
The Court of Appeal also quashed their grounds of appeal to overturn the verdict of the Court Martial, when he and others involved file an appeal through the National Agency for Legal Aid.