US charges 2 men in connection with failed Gambia coup

2015-01-05 18:32

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Washington – The United States has charged two US residents with ties to Gambia for their involvement in the failed December 30 attempt to overthrow the government of Gambia.

Cherno Njie (57) and Papa Faal (46) will appear in federal courts in Baltimore and Minneapolis later today, the US Justice Department said.

The two men have been charged with conspiring to carry out the violent overthrow of a foreign government, which violates US law, it added.

“The United States strongly condemns such conspiracies. With these serious charges, the United States is committed to holding them fully responsible for their actions,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in the statement.

On Tuesday, gunfire erupted in Banjul around the palace of Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh in an apparent coup attempt led by a former commander of the presidential guard. Jammeh later downplayed talk of a coup, saying it was an attack by “terrorist groups backed by some foreign powers”.

Gambian security forces have also begun arresting suspects in last week’s attack.

Today, US officials said Njie, an Austin, Texas businessman of Gambian descent, had planned to serve as leader of Gambia had the coup succeeded. Njie is a US citizen.

Faal is a resident of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota and holds both US and Gambian citizenship, according to the Justice Department.

Overall, about 10 to 12 people were in Gambia to try to overthrow the government “with the expectation that others in the country would join and assist them”, the department said.

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