Banjul Magistrates’ Court presided over by Magistrates T. Wilson has warned the
family and relatives of Abdoulie Saine to comport themselves so as not to be
found wanting as the former lawmaker’s incitement of violence trial begins.
Former Banjul Central’s legislator Mr. Saine is facing two counts of incitement of violence and seditious intention.
According to the particulars of offence on counts one; Abdoulie Saine on about 2nd /9/2018, in the city of Banjul of The Gambia within the jurisdiction of this honourable court without lawful excuse and with intent to incite violence, Mr. Saine uttered statement through WhatsApp audio using abusive and derogative remarks against the entire Mandinka (Sosseh) tribe, stating that Mandinka’s are selfish, hypocritical and wicked and thereby committed an offence.
On count two, Abdoulie Saine without lawful excuse and with intent to promote ill-will and hostility between the different classes of the population of The Gambia, uttered a statement through WhatsApp audio using abusive and derogative remarks against the entire Mandinka (Sosseh) tribe, stating that Mandinkas are selfish, hypocritical and wicked and thereby committed an offence.
When the charges were read before him, Saine pleaded not guilty to both counts.
Mr. Saine therefore before taking his plea applied for a day adjournment on the grounds that his defence counsel was in Brikama and couldn’t make it on time. However, his application was objected by the lead prosecutor, Spt. M.B. Mballow, who appeared for the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
In his counter application, Mballow argued that the counsel owes the court an obligation and it is mandatory for him to be present in court. Mballow added that a plea taking is personal and that the accused person can take plea in the absence of his counsel.
The trial Magistrate T. Wilson in her ruling stated that the defence counsel should have communicated to the court of his absence.
After taking his plea, the prosecution then applied for an adjournment to enable them secure a fiat from the Attorney General Chambers as required by the Criminal Procedure Code.
The case was adjourned to the 20 September 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.