Dutchman pleads guilty to Gambian sedition charges

15th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Rene Beulen pleaded guilty to saying Gambian President Yahya Jammeh was "too greedy and corrupt" and had increased taxi fares for white people.

BANJUL – A Dutch national arrested late March for insulting Gambia President Yahya Jammeh on Tuesday pleaded guilty to sedition charges.

According to the charge, Rene Beulen told police officials that "Gambian President Yahya Jammeh increased taxi fares for white people" and that he was "too greedy and corrupt."

Following the guilty plea, judge Pa Harry Jammeh, a close relative of the president, adjourned the case until Thursday when he will hand down judgment.

Under Gambian law, sedition or the incitement of resistance to lawful authority is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine.

In December 2008, a British missionary couple became the first foreigners to be slapped with a jail sentence for sedition in the west African nation.

They were ordered to serve 12 months in prison with hard labour after pleading guilty to criticising the president.

Gambia, a tiny country inside Senegal, has one of the worst human rights records in west Africa.

Jammeh, an outspoken military officer and former wrestler, has ruled the former British colony since seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1994.

AFP / Expatica

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