News just tick in confirming that the convicted National Treasurer of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has lost his appeal against his conviction on sedition at the Appeal Court in Banjul.
Justices Edrissa M’bai and Na-Ceesay who presided over the case have not found error or miscarriage of justice in an earlier verdict by the former High Court Judge Emmanuel Nkea. They therefore dismissed the appeal.
Amadou Sanneh was detained, tortured and tried on national television. He was later arraigned in court charged with sedition before being sentenced to five years in jail.
Meanwhile, DP militants who attended today’s sittings were full og rage, expressing their anger and frustration after the verdict was delivered. They believed Amadou Sanneh is being punished on political grounds.
One of the party’s long standing members, Modou Sarr, was arrested shortly after the verdict. Mr. Sarr is an electoral officer of the UDP.
It could be recalled that President Yahya Jammeh had singled out political prisoners and detainees from being pardoned, although he released rapists, drugs, treason convicts and murderers.