Thursday, June 11, 2015

No civilian court review of Gambian courts-martial

There was a coup attempt in Banjul, Gambia, on December 30. Courts-martial ensued, and the accused thereafter sought relief in the civilian courts. Now this:
The Banjul High Court presided over by Justice [SimeonAbi yesterday struck out the appeal filed by four members of the Gambia armed forces, convicted by the court martial for their involvement in the 30th December attack on State House. 
The four appellants are Lieutenant Colonel Sarjo Jarju, Captain Amadou Sowe, Buba Sanneh  and Private Modou Njie, who appealed against their conviction and sentence by the court martial. 
The appellants were taken to court accompanied by a strong force of security personnel.
When the case was called, it was struck out for lack of jurisdiction by the high court to hear the appeal based on section 130 subsection 2 of the constitution and section 128 (1) (a) of the Gambia Armed Forces Act.

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