Former UT professor released from jail in Gambia

Ex-UT professor released from jail in Gambia with help from Jesse Jackson

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Tasmir Jasseh, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dr. Amadou Janneh (courtesy: Butch Wing of the Rainbow Push Coalition) Tasmir Jasseh, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dr. Amadou Janneh (courtesy: Butch Wing of the Rainbow Push Coalition)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A former University of Tennessee professor is back in the U.S. after he was released from what could have been a life sentence in an African jail.

Dr. Amadou Janneh was arrested more than a year ago in the West African republic of the Gambia.

Amnesty International says Dr. Janneh was accused of treason for distributing T-shirts printed with the slogan "End Dictatorship Now."

Janneh has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Gambia citizenship. He also served at one point as Gambia's information and communication minister.

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson helped secure Janneh's release, along with another American, Tasmir Jasseh.

Jackson traveled to Gambia and made a face-to-face appeal to the country's president, who agreed to extend a moratorium on the death penalty.

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