Activists plead with Barrow to pardon Jammeh impersonator

Activists plead with Barrow to pardon Jammeh impersonator

Rights campaigners are appealing to President Adama Barrow to pardon Ebou Cham, whose sentencing they say was harsh and his trial unfair.

Cham was sentenced to 14 years in prison in April of 2012. He had no legal representation for falsifying documents and impersonating former President Yahya Jammeh on social media.

“But I did not do it with any criminal intent, I just want to be like the president,” Cham said in the court.

He has already served five years of his sentence.

According to court documents, Mr. Cham wrote an email to the Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, Professor Muhammed Kah to have him employed at the IT Department and to withdraw the sum of D300, 000 for his flight and accommodation.

Kah believed the letters were from President Jammeh and went to look for Cham to have him employed.

Cham was sentenced to 6 months in jail with hard labor for impersonation, 7 years in jail with hard labor for making documents without authority and another 7 years with hard labor for making false documents.

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