(NEWSER) – Papa Faal, code name "Fox," is a Gambian and US citizen, married father, ITT Tech instructor, and US veteran. And last month, he allegedly tried and failed to overthrow Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, the Daily Beast reports. Yesterday, Faal, 46, faced Neutrality Act violation charges in a Minnesota courtroom and his alleged co-conspirator (and the man who was planning to rule Gambia in Jammeh's place), Gambian-American businessman Cherno Njie, faced his own in Maryland. Faal, Njie, and about a dozen others wanted to "restore democracy to The Gambia and improve the lives of its people," Faal, who still has family there, told the FBI.
Njie allegedly handled the money and organized his plotters—including vets of both the US and Gambian armies, adds Minnesota Public Radio—who bought armor, ammo, and night vision equipment. Faal allegedly bought and shipped rifles to Gambia, concealed in barrels.
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