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US man accused in Gambia coup attempt denied release

January 8, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A U.S. man accused in a failed coup in Gambia has been denied release as his case is pending.

Papa Faal, 46, is accused of conspiring to violate the Neutrality Act.

Prosecutors accuse Faal, a U.S. citizen of Gambian descent, of buying rifles in Minnesota that were shipped to the West African country in an unsuccessful plot to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh.

Faal’s attorney Andrew Mohring asked the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Thursday to free his client while the case is pending, citing his military service, community volunteerism and support from the community.

But Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel denied the request, calling Faal a flight risk with siblings in Europe and community support that could facilitate his escape, the Star Tribune reported (http://strib.mn/1AwWdyf ).

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