Defence to file no case submission in Yankuba Badjie and Co trial

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Defence Counsel Chime on 21 May, 2019, told the High Court in Banjul before Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara that the defence in the case involving Yankuba Badjie and other former NIA officers intended to file a no-case submission. This followed the announcement of the closure of the prosecution case by Lawyer Antouman Gaye. Counsel Chime applied to the court for a short adjournment to do the filing.

Yankuba Badjie, Sheikh Omar Jeng, Babucarr Sallah, Haruna Suso, Tamba Mansary, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang face a charge of murder and other offences to which they pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution has so far called thirty-five witnesses among whom were Nogoi Njie, Fatoumata Jawara and Fatou Camara who made startling revelations before the court.

The defence team is not convinced that the prosecution has made a prima facie case against the accused persons to warrant them to enter into their defence.

The prosecution team is expected to file a reply to the no-case submission the defence intended to file.

Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara subsequently ordered the defence team to file their no-case submission within a week. She then adjourned the matter until 29 May, 2019, for mention.

Author: Dawda Faye