The plotters, who had pleaded not guilty, were charged with nine counts including treason for conspiring to detain ministers and military officials and attack an international force that had been set up in Gambia to retain order after Jammeh’s rancorous departure.
Seven of the accused received a nine year sentence and one got three years.
According to the court Martial, these soldiers were in contact with former president Jammeh over the messaging service WhatsApp, and discussed attacking troops in areas of the country still considered loyal to the former president.
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