Gambia: Former navy admiral accused of coup appointed to foreign service

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow will be deploying a former naval chief jailed for attempting to oust former Gambian dictator, Yahya Jammeh to foreign service.

Gambia’s foreign ministry has not confirmed where Rear Admiral Sarjo Fofana and some other former senior military officers were deployed to.

Fofana was freed by the Supreme Court, which overturned his life sentence for treason in May 2015.

He was arrested by forces loyal to Jammeh in 2009 for conspiring with the former military chief, Lt. Gen. Lang Tombong Tamba for attempting to overthrow Jammeh in a coup.

Fofana was president of the court martial that tried and convicted dozens of Gambian soldiers in 2006 for staging a coup to oust Jammeh.

The Gambia’s Chief Justice that freed Fofana resigned after clashing with the executive over the ruling to free the admiral. Pakistani-born former UN judge, Nawal Chohan denied he was fired and expelled from the Gambia.

President Barrow defeated Jammeh in an election in December and is reforming the Gambia’s military. The military has a tainted record of human rights abuses.

A former military chief who served as Barrow’s National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh is now the chief of the army. His predecessor, Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie has been deployed to foreign service, according to the foreign ministry.

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