Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category


March 2, 2015
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Sulayman Jeng

Sulayman Jeng

The equation in President Jammeh’s world is for the oppressed to reconcile with his oppressor, the oppressed must first apologise to his oppressor. As a consequent, the Gambian nonconformists in the diaspora must apologize to the Banjul spiteful monster for challenging his undesirable human rights record and bad policies. Well, some already had but the Wolof orated Jain nah boka judoo gauge why boo ku nyu chaffin. Therefore, if Dictator Jammeh and his house Gambian Negroes believe it is morally responsible for him to wrong Gambians anyhow and time he desires with impunity, he should not be resentful when he and his mum get dressed in shiny loutish outfits. To this I will equally enhance when peaceful change of a repressive regime becomes unattainable, the oppressed are left with no other prize but violence to liberate themselves from the shackles of coercion.

“If you run away from your history, your history will come knocking down your door. One should always remain humble and not show off where one belongs to, but if your history is about to disappear, you need to remind them of who you are, where you are from and what is at stake”, Momodou Njie desolately recollected on his Facebook page as the history of his ancestor is obliterated by Gambia’s most dangerous criminal dressed as a statesman. Mr Njie be reminded monster Jammeh is not a saa mutter nyoo. A people are identified by their language, custom, believe, locality and history. The absence of either one of these may assimilate and/or obliterate them.  George Orwell was conscious of this irrefutable fact when he posited, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history”. It is thus pertinent to affirm Dictator Jammeh’s renaming of Sayerr Jobe Avenue is a calculated moved to destroy the Jobens of Serre Kunda and drag the Gambia into devouring flames of violence as his sorry ass makes it to the exit. However, what I find unnerving is why Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy always executes Dictator Jammeh’s rotten and underworld deals. For instance, in 2000 when the poor students were murdered, she took the mic to exonerate Jammeh. Similarly, when Dayda Hydara was murdered, she led the devil’s delegation to his bereaved family. Again, when the Mile II 9 were executed, she pleasantly braved the mic while Jammeh flinched in the backstage; and now she has to preside over the renaming of Sayerr Jobe Avenue. A little bird has it she was teary as she renamed Sayerr Jobe Avenue. Oh, really? I do not know what was going on in her head at the time but what remains conclusive is she outperforms a drama queen. I cannot help but wonder why Jammeh is always delegating her for his dirty works.  Perhaps, her continual readiness to clean her master’s mess explains why she is the longest serving member of the Dictator’s cabinet.

Forlornly, the likes of Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy are plentiful in the Gambia. They cheerfully drench their hands in pools of blood for Jammeh without a second thought. These undetectable silent shadows habitually unleash demoralising horrors on vulnerable Gambians caged in dark chambers every day. The late night arrests and disappearances have escalated to an unbearable point that an air-conditioned room becomes useless in Banjul as you wake up every hour sinking in your sweat from nightmares of being bundled up under the duvet of darkness by these dancing flickers. When last I checked, development does not mean reclining in one’s pool of blood with flattened bones for standing up against injustice. Is that the ‘developed’ Gambia we want? Although it is public knowledge that the Gambian Dictator speaks from his shit hole-Oop my bad, all the dirty jobs, killings, arrests, detention and tortures are continually executed on his behave by the Isatou Njie-Saidys. For how long shall we continue matching on with the frivolity that these Isatou Njie-Saidys are non-Gambians or duck behind the lame excuse “I am not interested in politics”? Oh hello! Are we serious? It is sickening to hear Gambians who are privy of Dictator Jammeh’s scary atrocities celebrate him as a compassionate leader and a pan-Africanist. For them, in a nutshell, the Gambian ruthless tyrant personifies development, compassion, stability, peace and security. Conceivably, they are either under the spell of self-denial or greed.

Compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of other’s distress together with a desire to alleviate it-Merriam-Webster dictionary. If this is anything to go by, how can they explain Jammeh’s constant issuing of icy threats on Gambia’s national television? Certainly it cannot be compassion. Furthermore, the Gambia under Jammeh is neither stable no peaceful. How many times has the Jammeh regime survived armed attacks? No stable government experiences an iota of insurgence. Moreover, peace is not only the absence of war but the epitome of safety to person and life, freedom of speech, justice and equality of the unequal before the law, free and fair electoral process. These are essential vitamins that the Jammeh regime is highly in deficit. Let us stop incarnating the proverbial ostrich by re-entombing our heads from the sand and tackling our demon head on. Until we do, Jammeh will continue to doing what he does best.

Sulayman Jeng

Birmingham, UK


February 25, 2015
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“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell

Historical revisionism is the act of deliberate distortion of historical fact and evidence for political, social and cultural purposes.

The old Soviet Union and present-day North Korea, an ally of The Gambia, may have perfected the art but the Gambian dictator is attempting at refining it in the most brazen and blatantly inept way that characterizes the dictatorship.

To understand the reason for Jammeh’s revisionist activism, you must understand his personality and his Cassamance background. Jammeh has a personality problem emanating from a troubled past that weighs heavily on him – an issue confirmed by his military trainers and colleagues in the military police.

He feels rejected by Gambians because of his origins and his tribal affiliation.  He also has a deep-rooted feeling that because of his humble beginnings and an unaccomplished career both as a student and a military police, as some might put it; Gambians have little respect for him despite being the political leader of the country.  These feelings appear to be deep-rooted based on past public utterances and insinuations.

Admittedly, Jammeh has every right to feel the way he does about Gambians because it is through vote rigging that he managed to ensure his re-election on three separate occasions.  Without stuffing the ballot, Jammeh knows he cannot win a free, fair and transparent election despite his 20-year record in office and his claim that he has brought “infrastructural development” to the country.  For that, he holds Gambians in contempt because of “their ungratefulness” as he once described residents of Banjul when they decided to elect a native Banjulian Mayor of the capital city.

The 50th Anniversary of Gambia’s independence provided the occasion for the dictatorship to rewrite Gambia’s history. But something happened last 30th December that cemented Jammeh’s conviction that Gambians will do anything and everything to dislodge him from a position he has convinced himself to earn meritoriously.  Because the State House attack primarily was organized from abroad, and the fact that it nearly succeeded causing many deaths on both sides, his vulnerability has made him more paranoid and highly dangerous.  Jammeh is looking for revenge.  As a source in Banjul told me recently, ‘this is war’.

The war Jammeh is waging is two-pronged.  He is maiming, jailing, torturing and exiling as many of his real and imagined enemies as his notorious National Intelligence Agency (NIA) can “process”, to borrow a term used by a former NIA agent which suggests an assembly line approach to human brutality.

On the other flank, Jammeh is engaged in revising Gambian history by embellishing the history of a country he admits he lacks the knowledge of its rich history.  He blames the school curricula for not teaching Gambian history.  He has a point there.  But for someone who has been president for 20 years, Jammeh should have exerted individual effort to read the history of The Gambia he heads – typical Jammeh; he will blame everyone but himself.

British colonial history has not been spared in Jammeh’s revisionism, all 400 years of it leaving only one high school, which perhaps is the reason for Gambia’s economic backwardness.  It is also the failure of democracy – a British import – that brought nothing but misery, mayhem and disorder to The Gambian people resulting in further underdevelopment.

The renaming of the Sayerr Jobe Avenue, the main thoroughfare of the biggest urban area in The Gambia, to Yankuba Colley Highway is part of the assault on Gambia’s history.  Sayerr Jobe, the founder of Serre Kunda village in the early part of the last century, is a highly revered historical figure in Gambian history.  To exchange his name for the Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council, a primary school drop-out who was dismissed from the police force and ended up as watchman at a local bus depot, is a slap in the face of not only the Jobe family of Serre Kunda but to Gambians at large.

It is feared that other major thoroughfares and other landmarks currently bearing the names of historical figures are targeted for renaming.  Like Yankuba Colley whose only qualification for being so honoured is he is Mayor of KMC with a highly deplorable record, others who will be honoured later will not be any more deserving than the primary school drop-out and former watchman.

The revisionism exercise continues under the direction of a deeply distraught and confused leader who admitted to a startling audience that it was only recently that he discovered who Edward Francis Small was – a Gambian trade unionist and politician who many consider to be the Father of Gambia’s Independence Movement.



February 22, 2015
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In the wake of the Banjul failed December coup aftermath, many were in grandstanding that the 50th nationhood celebration will be evoked in history not for its imposing rituals but its impressive political resuscitation. Nevertheless, as predicted, Dictator Jammeh saddled his unbridled tomfoolery in his exclusive with GRTS DG Kebba Dibba. At one point, one was tempted to conclude, “That is it”; Jammeh will leave his sceptics’ mouths ajar by decongesting the prisons, freeing all political detainees and extending a blanket amnesty to all Gambian nonconformists in the diaspora. That would not only have rejuvenated the abating political system but also give a facelift to his awful human rights record.

Some will argue that he has pardoned some prisoners on the occasion by using his presidential prerogative of mercy bestowed on him by the constitution. Yes, he has. The fundamental question is what crime has those pardoned committed? No single one of them was a political prisoner. In other words, these people were sentenced not due to their political view or membership of a civil advocacy group but felonies they committed and served three-quarters of the time of their sentence. Would such a gesture reconcile a politically volatile society? The dead bodies of the failed Banjul December coup are still in the hands of the dictatorial regime. Some siblings of the plotters are still languishing in prison for a crime they have never committed. Amadou Sanneh, Mamburay Njie and many other vulnerable Gambians are enduring daily the sting of the brutal regime’s lashes in dark cells all over the Gambia. Instead of cleaning his own backyard, Dictator Jammeh tries to reach out to Diaspora Gambian nonconformists by dishing them selective amnesty

on lacerating uranium plates, “Falai Baldeh has insulted my mum and Sam Sarr wrote a book full of lies about me. Some of them have done things I will never forgive. I will forgive some of them in the diaspora to come home if their intentions are genuine. Those who personalize it, they know themselves and they are less than ten. If they come here, they will go to jail. The others can come back but if you want to destabilize this country, I will wipe you out”.  Peace is not attained by issuing threats. Moreover, national reconciliation has certain precedence without which it become futile, waste of time, resources and lives.

What is worse than unlawfully arresting, detaining, torturing and killing an innocent person? Deducing from Dictator Jammeh’s unapologetic stance, insulting his mum and writing false stories about him out weights any of the crimes he has committed against the rest of us. Ironically, I am reminded of what Malcolm X said to his comrades about the two types of slaves: the house Negro and the field Negro. “The house Negro always looked out for his master. When the field Negro gets too much out of line, he held them back in check. He put them back on the plantation. The house Negro could afford to do that because he lives better than the field Negro. He ate better. He slept better and he lives in a better house. He lives better next to his master in the basement. He ate the same food his master ate and wore his same clothes and he can talk just like his master. Good diction. And he loves his master more than his master loves himself. That is why he didn’t want his master hurt. The master gets sick; he said what is the matter boss, we sick? When his master’s house caught fire, he tries to put the fire out because he doesn’t want his master’s house burnt. He never wants his master’s property threatened and he was more defensive of it than the master was. That was the house Negro. But then you have some field Negroes who lived in huts. They had nothing to lose. They wore the worst kind of clothes and ate the worst kind of food. They felt the sting of the lash. They hated their master. Oh yes, they did. When their master gets sick, they pray for him to die. When their master’s house caught fire, they pray for a strong wind to come along. This was the difference between the two and today you still have the house Negro and the field Negro. I am a field Negro”.

Slave Master Jammeh has systematically and successfully turned us into house Gambians Negroes and field Gambians Negroes. Unfortunately, the house Gambian Negroes are worse than the house Negroes. Unlike the house Negro who was protective of his master and cleaned his mess, the house Gambian tortures and kills his fellow Gambian for Dictator Jammeh. ANSU BADJIE caught my attention when he asserted on his Facebook page “this struggle is turning into a mafia jungle…fuelled by personal issues, attacks, grievances, protectionism, emotions, egoism, despotism, tribal, name-calling, vulgarity…the strong and loud mouths muscling out the weak, were the loudest and most aggressive rule, cults springing up at every corner and families protecting their interest…becoming less about Gambia and her political woes..”  I will hasten to add the house Gambian has become a beast of burden that is uninterested on the Gambia and her political woes and more driven by disturbing fondness for his lord Dictator Jammeh. He thinks his Master Jammeh-the spiteful oppressor and murderer is the victim of the oppressed field Gambian. Consequently, both the lord Oppressor Jammeh and his house Gambian Negro believed the oppressed field Gambian Negro owes Oppressor Jammeh an apology. Thank you very much Dictator Jammeh for the offer, but I would rather die standing than live on my knees.

Dictator Jammeh’s selective amnesty has ripple effect. Primarily, as a President of a nation, you have a duty of care towards your citizens which incumbents upon you to always think and make informed decisions which embody the interest, security, freedom and wellbeing of all Gambians irrespective of their political opinion. You alluded in your speech that Allah is forgiven so who are you not to forgive. Be reminded that Allah will forgive all sins repented before one meets his dead. Allah never said I will forgive Bilal but not Umar. A true Muslim does not pick and choose what teaching of Islam he has to uphold or discard Mr President. Listening to you, I concluded that you need to make peace with yourself first. Once you admit that yes you have wronged Gambians in your quest to develop the Gambia for all Gambians, and only then you will understand all we want is for you to respect and uphold our basic rights as citizens. Owning up to one’s errs is manly. Next, you decongest the prisons, close all dark and torture chambers and free all political prisoners unconditionally. Then the whole world will be convinced that you are ready to sit on truth and reconciliation table.

The threats issued with your selective amnesty have rendered it insignificant and elusive. Actions are predicated by intentions. You said some of us in the diaspora think we are safe where we are but we are not. That is a worrying threat. Do you intent to abduct and/or poison us from our comfort zones? Furthermore, you said when they come let them not ask me for jobs. How do you expect them to survive without employment? “I will wipe them out if they come and want to destabilize the country”, you threatened. Do you mean that when we come, we should become house Gambian Negroes? What we are doing is challenging your inadequate policies, disregard for the due process and enforced disappearances. Is that destabilizing the country Mr President?

In conclusion, those who are apologizing to you are only saving face but not reconciling with you. You can do the math to decipher my point.


February 18, 2015
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Today 18th February 2015, the Gambia under the watch of Dictator Jammeh wakes up into blinding colours of celebration. The fanfare and musical jamboree dotted by match pass of the security forces, school children and civil societies will temporally drown Gambians into a euphoric trance of disquieting peace, tranquillity and contentment. However, beneath all that glittering fanfare lays unnerving extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, decaying economy, hunger, poverty, unlawful arrests and detentions. Dependable reports emanating from the presidential office corridors had it that Ghana, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania have officially confirmed their gracing of Gambia’s 50 years nationhood celebration in Banjul.

It is an African ritual to be hospitable to one’s visitors but to hand out $69,000 to each of the visiting heads of states by the rogue Jammeh regime is not only absurd but unacceptable especially when 90% of Gambians are struggling to keep up a decent daily meal. These leaders need to be aware that they are pocketing bloods of vulnerable Gambian citizens by accepting the money from the dictatorial government. As they bite into the delicious and fatty lamb, chicken and beef chunks and wash them down with wine and juice, thousands of Gambians are been tortured and molested in dark cells all over the Gambia. The continued silence of the UNHCR on the unlawful detention of siblings of the alleged December Banjul coup plotters is worrying. These people’s only crime is been family members of the alleged plotters.

As the Gambia wakes up to her 50th nationhood, her children seem to be more divided in drawing a line between development and tranny than before. Probably the most striking illustration is how the dictator’s supporters publicly shower him with unsettling love. For them, Jammeh embodies development and pan-Africanism. They are either blinded by his rogue regime’s white elephant development or coerced by fear to overlook his gross human rights violations of susceptible citizens. Paranoid Jammeh, on the one hand, is all out to attain public and international acceptance and recognition. As a result, he employs intimidation, corruption and wealth to buy his most deficit supplement: love. The Gambian nonconformists, on the other hand, who have often been coined as “enemies of progress” see the Gambia beyond her new roads, sophisticated buildings and Banjul by night jamborees. Yes, they may be tough on Dictator Jammeh but they appreciate development does not exclude peace, security, due process, freedom of speech and free and fair election.

Whether one supports or against the dictator, the fact remains indisputable that he is a virtual monster dressed as a statesman. There are adequate evidences to substantiate the afore premise. While the musical jamboree of both the police and army bands, the echoing sounds of the security forces unified steps march left…right and national songs melodiously sang by school children fill the airwaves of the mourning nation, thousands of Gambians will be screaming in agony as their sore bodies endure more thrashing from state torturers in dark cells. Others are cracking their heads in figuring out where and when will they have their next meal. Some will be lying in their pool of blood as the bones flattened under heavy rots hammering.

When the dust of celebration settles, all visiting heads of states kiss goodbye to wailing Gambia and reality sets in the dictator will resurface his ugly demonic head.  Gambians will continue to grumble in silence fearing to hear their own nagging. The dictator will take their deafening silence as a declaring of their icy love for him. Many, particularly some of the soldiers purportedly suspected of aiding the Banjul coup plotters, will be court marshalled and secretly executed. That is the developed Gambia we are celebrating.


February 17, 2015
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As we all live in the aftermath of the heroic attempt to overthrow the dictatorial regime of Jammeh. It is with heartache and displeasure that l write this article as per subject. It is the constitutional right of every Gambia when arrested not to be detained for more than 72 hours without charge. The arbitrary arrest and detention of the 30th December coup family members is inhumane, unlawful and callous not to mention ungodly as Jammeh claims to be a Muslim.

In Islam old people, women and children are always treated with care and respect so it is incomprehensible and beggars believe that Jammeh will detain old and feeble women including a child of thirteen for 41days and still counting. They were unceremoniously picked up and clambered into neither dark cells for crimes that they have committed nor a party to it. Their only crime is they are family members of those who want to end Jammeh’s twenty years of miss rule. The psychological impact of this ordeal can be enormous and cause permanent damage if proper support is not given to this child and Jammeh always claimed that he is for the youths. If youths are the elders of tomorrow and they are treated like this what future does the Gambia have?

The arbitrary arrest, unnecessary detention without trial and disappearance of Gambians by Jammeh’s regime is unending and this norm in Gambia has to stop.

Jammeh once more again I am reminding you of your duty of care to each and every Gambian be it your adversary or supporter as you are the president of Gambia at present. If you cannot fulfill this responsible leave and hand over power immediately as you will deem unfit as a leader.



February 17, 2015
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For a president that seized power dislodging democratically elected government by force of guns in a coup, Yaya Jammeh has no moral justification and lacks all political sanity celebrating 50 years since Gambia became independent from colonial rule of Britain on 18 February 1965. There are serious crimes routinely committed by President Yaya Jammeh that makes him the wrong person talking about Gambian independence and, therefore, unfit calling for celebrations.

Here are just some facts regarding why Jammeh is flat on his nose as crime bearer at odds with all tenets of independence.

  1. Dislodging by force of guns a democratically elected government after 30 years independence is unlawful. It is an act of breaking the country’s laws and violating our constitution.
  2. Since 22 July 1994 coup, Yaya Jammeh routinely kills as way of instilling fear and for self- perpetuation in the worst use of crude force as dictators normally do.
  3. Gambian economy and financial system continue to experience serious collapse due to corruption and mismanagement by Yaya Jammeh as head of government. Jammeh told Gambians his reason for unlawful invasion of the nation’s political arena by coup instead of forming a party to contest elections was to eradicate corruption levelled against deposed regime of Sir Dawda Jawara who led the country to independence on 18 February 1965.
  4. Since that 22 July 1994 coup and 20 years onwards, personal wealth of Yaya Jammeh is shamefully far exceeding that of Gambia government he claims to be heading.
  5. As head of a dictatorial regime Jammeh routinely kills people and refuses surrendering dead bodies of his many victims for decent burial by their grieving families. Most recent is that of 30 December 2014 alleged coup plotters who were summarily executed in cold blood. Evidence of this gruesome killing of good citizens is presented in photo images by the regime as show of their capability to maim and intending to cause fear.
  6. While Gambians continue to mourn their slain and missing good citizens, there is no reason to celebrate independence that has been denied by brutal dictatorship of Yaya Jammeh for 20 years since invading the country through unlawful act of coup on 22 July 1994.
  7. It is improper for Yaya Jammeh pretending not knowing his numerous crimes against humanity amid filthy scheme of corruption plus total denial of freedom to decent Gambians and still imposing forced celebrations.
  8. Gambian independence granted on 18 February 1965 was prematurely terminated by the unlawful act of coup staged through destructive hands of Yaya Jammeh and his cohorts.
  9. What Gambians want is for Yaya Jammeh to embrace good sense by terminating his unwelcome overstay in forced rule after 20 difficult years.
  10. Someone like Yaya Jammeh who wilfully destroyed all pillars and platform of a nation’s independence cannot be trusted as a genuine person to preside over celebrations marking 50 years nationhood. Jammeh must be sensible to know he is not the choice of right thinking Gambians. There is no independence and therefore nothing to celebrate.


From Sarjo Bayang         February 2015


February 17, 2015
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By Yero Jallow

“The invincibility of our cause and the certainty of our final victory are the impenetrable armor of those who consistently uphold their faith in freedom and justice in spite of political persecution” (Nelson Mandela. Culled from the web on 2/15/2015).

Part 4 of the series will focus on Alhagie Saidy Barrow. Mandela’s legacy never fails to resurface itself time and again. What crime has Barrow committed? What will be considered true justice for him? What is his personality? What evidence does the U.S Government have against Barrow? These questions no doubt poke each and every one of us. This author is the least qualified to answer these questions. As a result, let us utilize the little known to us such as the observations on court proceedings to make conclusive prediction of the likely outcome. Perhaps, the ultimate outcome will epitomize the intent by the U.S Government to prosecute and the evidence (not mere allegations) that they held against the accused.

One thing responsible Governments and citizens must avoid is to trying any accused person in peoples’ opinion, or incriminate them without clear evidence. Such an act would tantamount to criminal offense and a gross misrepresentation of the ideals for which justice and due diligence dictate. It is prudent to remind ourselves in the commonality of the law, an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a competent court of law. Similarly, it must be clearly stated the burden of proof is on the U.S Government to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the charges brought against Barrow and his co-accused are factual. Furthermore, the prosecutor must establish clear and convincing evidence that the accused has committed the felony. Sadly, The Gambian tyrannical administration cannot be trusted in this matter.  Any of what they are submitting and/or announcing on the controlled home media and beyond must be checked for accuracy due its track record of habitual lying and gross injustices. The Jammeh administration has never been honest even with little matters. Consequently, no one should expect their honesty and true cooperation in bigger matters. Besides, the APRC administration is as guilty as guilty itself. It is their continued infliction of pain and suffering on vulnerable Gambian citizens that provoked such undertakings and predictably, this will not be the last of its kind as the news sits on the wings of the passing wind.

With the alleged financier and mastermind, Cherno Njie, pleading not guilty to the same charges as Barrow last week in a Minnesota Federal Court, it becomes apparent that the United States Government has a lot of homework to do in convincing a Federal Judge that indeed the charges are true beyond any reasonable doubt. A potential state witness could be Papa Faal who already pleaded guilty in the process of negotiating for his freedom and cooperating with Federal investigations. The deal on the table for Papa is not that he must testify against his alleged conspirators but perhaps for clemency and a lighter punishment. It is a known fact that some of the freedom fighters died in the battlefield, their true story remains buried and unlikely to be known no matter how much they shared or confided with any other person.

Suffice it to reiterate a personality like Barrow is so dear and admirable not only to his siblings but to many Gambians and Americans due to his upright character. His humility speaks for him. His spirit is very uplifting. He is a representation of hope, a hero, whose heart trembles at every injustice. He is a freedom fighter, one that represented the United States when he served honorably in the U.S military, and more than likely, those values he learnt, instilled in him a sense of urgency, a spirit to see a nation like the Gambia freed from the clutches of tyranny. Barrow is also a penguin who walks the talk whenever a night dawns on oppressed citizens. Barrow is willing to sacrifice all his achievements for a rescue operation. Such a noble sacrifice sits really heavy on the scale of justice and even on common law. He is also a family man and breadwinner. Albeit, Barrow willingly availed himself after knowing from media reports that he was wanted in connection with the failed December 30th operation in the Gambia. It must be clearly noted that concerned Gambians are not in dispute with the existence of the U.S Neutrality ACT, as announced earlier on the year when U.S Attorney General Eric Holder said, “These defendants stand accused of conspiring to carry out the violent overthrow of a foreign government, in violation of U.S. law,” and Holder 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” (Culled from the web on 2/15/2015). What concerns Gambians more, since the U.S decided to prosecute some of the alleged plotters in December 30th  Banjul failed coup, is for the U.S through its known mightiness and celebrated judicial system to address the other party’s (The Gambian Government) deficiencies, neglect of international law and continued engagement in human rights abuses against its citizens. It is the author’s firm conviction that these charges cannot be properly tried without weighing on what might have provoked such an action. Ignoring the factors which led to the attempted coup will result in the trial been robbed of the opportunity for proper justice dispensation.

Most importantly, the motive for the operation and what provoked such thoughts must be fully taken into consideration before any judgment is passed. Justice in the case of these defendants must include weighing in intent and what provoked the alleged conspiracy. In a nutshell, the U.S should consider waiving its Neutrality law in lieu of the criminal nature of the Gambian Government. The U.S can also completely review, amend and repeal the said law.

Barrow hasn’t taken a guilty plea yet and his alleged contribution to the December 30th operation remains just mere allegations until proven otherwise. Like recently argued by Njie’s lawyer in Federal Court that all the U.S Government has against Njie were “mere allegations” and not “evidence”.  The same can be extended to Barrow, and it is very likely that Barrow will also plead not guilty. That will put more burdens of proof on the U.S government. If that happens, a federal judge can trash these cases out as “bullshit” cases due to lack of convincing evidence. Papa’s testimony stated clearly that most of those that allegedly participated in the Banjul coup were known to one another by code names only. Again, it is on the U.S Government to proof beyond reasonable doubt that Mr. X was using John Doe codename.

Finally, I will predict that Barrow would equally plead not guilty to the charges brought against him. The U.S Government, at that point, would be forced to negotiate, as he who alleges must prove beyond reasonable doubt. If the document they have which seems to be the main argument is rendered not credible, and no witnesses brought forward, then these cases might not see the light of day. With good lawyers, we all know, it is easy to flip the coin in a country like the United States.

With Civil Rights groups all over the U.S petitioning their Representatives and the United States Government, one can only fathom that their efforts mays earn sympathy and justice for the accused persons particularly where such laws can be waived. Waiving an unfavorable law is certainly part of justice. Justice of course includes having laws that are truly representing the Government and the governed equally. If any law doesn’t possess these two elements, then such a law is not just. In dictatorial governments, minor surgeries should be allowed to establish a government that represents it citizens. It was in this spirit of justice and very noble undertaking that led the founding fathers of the United States to liberate the United States from oppression. It is also possible for the Federal Courts to temper justice with mercy considering all those charged are first time offenders with no prior criminal record and being responsible family men with good moral character.

In conclusion, Barrow was found legible for bail. He has been Okayed to work. He will be expected to attend court sessions and subject himself to availability as needed by the courts which restricted him from travelling outside the United States and using the internet. That is commendable.

Part 5 is coming to you soon…it is also the intended conclusion piece on the series, though the author will consider extending the column at readers’ request. Thank you for sharing with your readers and fans.