Cherno Njie, A United States based Gambian housing developer who masterminded the December 30th 2014 ill-fated coup plot against the former Gambian regime of Yahya Jammeh has been freed from a US jail.
From Austin at Texas, he was released last week after completing a one-year term imposed on him last May by a federal judge in St. Pauls, Minnesota. He was also fined US$10,000 and will be subjected to a three years probation.
Mr Njie who bankrolled the coup plot and was supposed to be the interim leader of the transition government, had pleaded guilty together with a group of other US-based Gambians including, Papa Faal, Banka Manneh and Alagie Saidy Barrow to conspiracy to violate the Neutrality Act and conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
The men who are the first to be prosecuted in 35 years by US authorities for violating the country’s Neutrality Act had all faced maximum penalties of up to 20 years in prison.
The coup saga in the Gambia unfolded during the early hours of December 30, 2014 Njie, Barrow, Faal and nine others entered the Gambia to carry out the coup attempt, with the expectation that others in the country would join and assist them.
But as they attempted to storm the state house they were met with heavy gunfire from security forces, squashing the coup, and killing at least four assailants.