At least six soldiers of the Gambia Armed Forces who were jailed for their participation in a late December 2014 attempt to oust former autocratic ruler Yahya Jammeh were reinstated into the military.
Lieutenant Colonel Sarjo Jarju, Captain Abdoulie Jobe, Captain Buba K. Bojang, Captain Amadou Sowe, Lieutenant Buba Sanneh and Private Modou Njie were given death and life sentences by a secret court martial in 2015.
Human rights group condemned their ‘unfair’ trial and harsh sentencing by Gambian authorities.
Jammeh was defeated in an election in December. The country’s new President Adama Barrow released the six men from prison on February 2.
Four U.S.-Gambian citizens were prosecuted by U.S. authorities for violating the Neutrality Act and sent to prison for taking part in the putsch, in which three people died, including a two-time Iraqi veteran, Captain Njaga Jagne.
The coupists are being hailed as ‘freedom fighters’ by Gambians, who say they have been ignored by the international community during Jammeh’s rule.