Four U.S. Citizens Sentenced for Failed Coup Attempt in Gambia

Four American citizens were sentenced in connection with a failed attempt to overthrow Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, the U.S. States Attorney’s Office said.

The men, aged 43 to 58, were given jail terms ranging from time already served to one year and a day for their role in the plot, the office said in a statement on Thursday.

Jammeh was on a trip outside the West African nation when gunmen stormed his palace in December 2014, before guards repelled the attack. The leader later accused the attackers of being backed by dissidents in the U.S., U.K. and Germany.

Jammeh, 50, came to power in a bloodless coup in 1994 and has won every election since. His rule has been faulted by groups such as Amnesty International for alleged human-rights violations including unlawful arrests and unfair trials.

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