Court reviews bail conditions for prison officers

Friday, March 17, 2017

Magistrate Janneh-Njie of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on Monday reviewed the bail conditions for prison officers Ebrima Njie and Edrisa Manga.

They were charged with aiding Abdoulie Ceesay, former managing director of Taranga FM Radio, to escape from custody.

Ebrima Njie, in his application for a review of their bail conditions, told the court the bail sum was high and they could not afford it.

He begged the court to reduce the amount.

Lamin Jarju, the state counsel, told the court he was not objecting to the application made by Ebrima Njie, but doubted whether the court could reduce the bail sum.

The presiding magistrate then told the state counsel that courts review bail conditions.

As a result, Magistrate Janneh-Njie granted the accused persons bail of D50,000 with two Gambian sureties who should swear to an affidavit of means.

They should also deposit their ID cards with the court registrar, and ensure the accused persons are always available whenever they are needed by the court.

When the case was called, Lamin Jarju announced his representation along with B. Jaiteh, for the state.

He told the court the matter was for mention as agreed by both parties, adding that he had not called a witness based on the agreement. He then applied for an adjournment.

His application was granted and the case was adjourned untill 20 March 2017.

The defence counsel, Patrick Gomez, was not in court.

Author: Dawda Faye