Dr. Scattred Janneh, Tamsir Jassey Pardoned

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Dr. Janneh, Prisoner of Conscience

US Army Veteran Tamsir Jassey 












Kibaaro News has just confirmed that Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh and Tamsir Jassey were pardoned by President Yahya Jammeh on Monday. Both men will be flown to the United States with Civil Rights Leader Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“It will be a special joy to be able to bring two Americans back home to their families,” Rev. Jackson told Fox News.

Both men are Gambian-Americans. Dr. Janneh, a University of Tennessee Professor and former Minister of Information and Communication, was serving a life in prison term. Mr. Jassey, an Operation Desert Storm veteran and Gambia’s Director of Immigration, is serving a 20-year jail term.

United States Embassy officials were reported to have been preparing the papers of the pardoned prisoners who will be formerly released on Tuesday.  Their release was negotiated by Rev. Jackson who is currently on a tour in the Gambia. The Civil Rights Activist traveled to Banjul to urge President Yahya Jammeh to halt execution of death row inmates.

“There were 46 people on death row. Nine were summarily executed by the firing squad. Thirty-seven were scheduled to die imminently,” Jackson said. Mr. Jackson’s organization Rainbow/Push intervened on humanitarian grounds. “I am delighted that their lives have been spared,” he said.

Janneh and three others were sentenced to life on January 17 after the Special Criminal Court in the capital Banjul found them guilty of treason charges. The former Minister and co were arrested over the distribution of T-shirts calling for an end to dictatorship in the Gambia.

The four convicts, Dr. Janneh, Modou Keita, Ebrima Jallow and Michael Uche Thomas (died in prison in July), were also ordered to serve their prison terms with hard labour.

The four were arrested in June 2011 after distributing T-shirts made by the Coalition for Change the Gambia (CCG), which featured the slogan “End to Dictatorship Now.

Activists described Dr. Janneh as “a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally.”

Mr. Jassey’s conviction resulted after the court found him guilty of conspiring in the March 21, 2006 purported coup masterminded by the former Army Chief of Staff, Col. Ndure Cham.

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6 Comments to “Dr. Scattred Janneh, Tamsir Jassey Pardoned”

  1. Bayo supporter says:

    Two gallants soldiers out 2000 plus to go. The struggle just began. Jammeh has to finally succumb to the pressure. His advisers should advice him to resign and hand over power to an interim government before its too late. Thank you Mr. Jackson and thank you all this gallant internet warriors, Pa modou bojang, you earn my respect more everyday. I ve known you all my life though

  2. doctorkal says:

    Ihave to take this opportunity to say thank you Kibaaro news. The work you people are doing is second to none in the Gambian media industry. I fine your newspaper to be a credible information center for Gambians. Please keep up the good job you people are doing.
    My special regard to Bamba Sering Mass.

  3. Dave says:

    It is good they are free but what a terrible situation for the other people who stay in prison for the same accusations. Really this man is totally ignorant to lead a country he only devides people.Again he is doing this for his onw sake.Terrible.I wonder what will be the outcome of all this.

  4. king says:

    Happy moment for the Gambia. Two of our sons free from the mad Bafoon’s cage. I am so happy for their release but at the same time sad that these people were only released because they have an American citizenship. Chei Gambia that means our citizens who are not privileged to have other nationalities except Gambian would continue to suffer under this idiot of a maroon of an imbalanced minded tail of state.
    I pity Gambians who still continue to live under his clutches for who would come to their aid? If Jammeh should lie and continue to lie all his live yet some still belief him, it goes beyond my imaginations that he would say publicly that Jassey and Janneh were released due their ill health not because of Rev. Jackson’s plea. That is total rubbish! Why had he not released them before Rev. Jackson’s visit? Much more there are worse sick prisoners whose health are in dying conditions like kumba Jallow who had spent almost more than seven months at the intensive care unit why was she not released? Also one Mr. Fofana a former navy seal who contacted spinal complications from the beatings he received. Why was he not released on medical grounds?
    This bastard born of evil is holding Gambians as hostage and now he is trying to look for sanctuary and he thinks America would thank him for releasing Jassey and Janneh.
    I do not like to hate human beings even my enemies but I cannot stop but being spiteful of this devil in human skin who came from nowhere now forcing all Gambians into the furnace.

  5. kommademba says:

    Great News… I hope the pardon reaches to the remaining political prisoners too and have have their death sentences commuted to life in prison.

  6. Dave says:

    Jackson traveled to Gambia as a private citizen on a trip sponsored by the Gambian government, which covered his flights and accommodations, said U.S. Ambassador to Gambia Edward Alford.
    The U.S. Embassy was not involved in the negotiations.

    and in his own paper:
    the president granted the pardon out of the friendship and special relationship that exists between him and Rev. Jackson. He has done it solely for that purpose – but not to appease anybody or any country or not doing it for favours or incentives or support from anywhere. He [the president] has faith in Allah and the Gambian people .

    So this is the real proof there is no justice or freedom in The Gambia. All is orchestrated ,nothing is changed and nothing will change.He is only using people to polish his own image and to show there is only one person in The Gambia who directs all things life and death, freedom and prison, food and hunger,happiness and sadness, in 2 words EVERYONE’S LIFE : he.

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