UN chief urges probe of Gambia coup plot

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UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for an investigation of an attempted coup to oust Gambia&39;s President Yahya Jammeh as the Security Council met to discuss the turmoil.
 
Jammeh returned home to Banjul overnight after the failed bid to overthrow him while he was on a visit to Dubai as fears mounted of possible reprisals by his regime.
 
Ban urged the government, security and defense forces in Banjul to "act in full respect of human rights."
 
Noting the seriousness of any attempt to overthrow governments by force, the Secretary General encourages the establishment of a transparent investigation into the events of December 30, in compliance with due process and respect for rule of law.
A group of heavily armed men led by an army deserter attacked the presidential palace in Banjul before dawn on Tuesday, but were repelled by Jammeh&39;s forces.
 
The Security Council met Wednesday behind closed doors to discuss the situation in Gambia, at the request of Chad, which holds this month&39;s presidency of the 15-member body.
 
A group of heavily armed men led by an army deserter attacked the presidential palace in the capital Banjul before dawn on Tuesday, but were repelled by Jammeh&39;s forces.
 
The small city, which lies on an island in a river leading to the Atlantic Ocean, was tense but calm on Wednesday.
 
Jammeh, who had been on a private visit to Dubai, went directly to the presidential palace where he was shown the bodies of the attackers killed during the attempted coup, the source told AFP from Bissau.
 
Forces loyal to Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia with an iron fist for 20 years, killed three suspects including the alleged ringleader -- an army deserter, according to a military officer.
 
The source in Bissau said there were fears that Jammeh, who himself seized power in a coup in 1994, may launch a purge.
 
The coup bid "has exposed some flaws in the military system even though the attackers were repelled. Some officers are certain to be singled out."
 
Jammeh, 49, claims to have foiled a succession of coup plots in the small west African state and has come under fire for serious human rights abuses, including repression of the media and the disappearance of rivals.