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Former Gambian army chief, senior officers sentenced to death over coup plot

07-16-2010 15:36 BJT

BANJUL, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Gambia's former army chief and seven other senior officers were sentenced to death penalty on Thursday for their involvement in an alleged coup plot in 2009, media reported.

The report said the eight were found guilty of procuring arms from Guinea and two other counts of conspiracy with the aim of toppling the government.

The judge Emmanuel Amabi was quoted as saying that the ruling was made after going through the evidence of the prosecution.

A lawyer of the defendants said they did not plead guilty and will appeal.

Gambia was a West African country along the Atlantic Ocean.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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