Banka Manneh Charged In the US In Relation To State

first_imgBy Modou Nyang Banka Manneh is the latest target  in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) continuing probe into the events of the December 30th State House attack. Manneh, was, on  Wednesday, 18th March, in a Federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota, charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, court papers reveal.He is being jointly charged with Cherno Njie and Alagie Barrow for“Conspiracy to Make an Expedition against a friendly nation,” and“Conspiracy to Use a firearm during and in relation to crime ofviolence.”Manneh, who lives in Jonesboro, a city in the U.S. state of Georgia,is alleged to have conspired with Njie and Barrow all residents of theU.S., and others, to overthrow the Government of the Gambia. In a newindictment that ties Manneh to the charges against Njie, Barrow, andPapa Faal, a U.S. grand Jury alleges that he purchased two pistols anda rifle “to equip coconspirators participating in the coup.”The charge against Manneh said he participated in conference calls andexchange of documents with his co-conspirators. “In thesecommunications”, the charge said, “Njie, Barrow, and Manneh and othersdiscussed operational and logistical planning for the attemptedoverthrow of the Gambian government.” Manneh is also said to have sentNjie a list of would be leadership positions that were to be filledshould the operation have succeeded.“On or about May 29, 2014,” the charge outlined, “defendant Mannehprovided defendant Njie with a document identifying leadershippositions in the government of The Gambia that would be filled afterthe coup”.All three are standing trial for violating the U.S. neutrality Actthat forbids U.S. citizens and residents from seeking to overthrow oruse violence against countries with whom the U.S. is not at war with.The charges carry 4 to 5 years of imprisonment or fines of up to $100,000.Manneh’s arraignment has led to a dramatic shift in the FBI’s probe ofU.S. based Gambians involvement in the armed attacked. Shortlyfollowing Faal and Njie’s arrest, Manneh was questioned by federalagents but was not arrested. He later had to resign his position in aDiaspora pro-democracy advocacy group for undisclosed reasons.Following the attack on the State House on December 30th 2014, thatresulted to deaths, Faal an airman and retired sergeant in the U.S.air force, and Njie a businessman and real estate developer who werein the country at the time, fled back to the U.S. where they werearrested and put on trial. Faal has since pleaded guilty to the samecharges and is awaiting sentencing. Barrow, who was the last to returnto the U.S. was also arrested and put on trial. Both Njie and Barroware currently on bail, they are expected back in court in May.Manneh is the latest target of FBI’s raid, search, confiscation ofcomputers, arrest and preferring of charges.]]>last_img read more