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Two Gambians charged in US over coup attempt on Pres. Jammeh
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Two Gambians charged in US over coup attempt on Pres. Jammeh

Kenny Awotorebo

Two men have been charged in the US with attempting to overthrow The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, the justice department has said.

Two Gambians charged in US over coup attempt on Pres. Jammeh
Mr Jammeh seized power in the tiny West African nation in 1994 and has been accused of authoritarianism.

The defendants, who are of Gambian origin, are accused of conspiring against a friendly nation and conspiring to possess firearms. Gambian authorities said they had thwarted a coup attempt on 30 December.

He was abroad when gunfire broke out near the presidential palace in the capital, Banjul, on 30 December.

The president later returned home and accused dissidents based in the US, UK and Germany of being behind the attack.