Ex-Gambia minister gets life sentence on coup plot
BANJUL, Gambia—Gambia's High Court has sentenced the former information minister to life imprisonment for conspiring to overthrow the ruler of 17 years with T-shirts demanding an end to dictatorship.
Amadou Janneh, who also holds a U.S. passport, was convicted of treason after a seven-month trial.
Judge Emmanuel Nkea told a crowded court Tuesday that witnesses had proved "beyond reasonable doubt" that Janneh and three co-accused were "conspiring among themselves" by printing T-shirts that demanded "End to Dictatorship!"
The other three were sentenced to three years' imprisonment.
President Yahya Jammeh took power in a coup and is to be inaugurated Thursday following disputed November elections
He has drawn international criticism for claiming he can cure AIDS with an herbal body rub.