Family member of accused undertakes not to threaten prosecutor

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ebou Bojang, an uncle to Babucarr Badjie, who was charged with stealing before magistrate Abeke of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, has made an undertaking that the family members of the accused person would stop threatening prosecutor Kebba Fadera that they would take his life.

This development followed a complaint made by Mr Fadera in an interview with the ‘Daily Observer’ that he had received numerous death threats over the prosecution of the case.

Ebou Bojang stated in an affidavit that he has authority of the accused person and family to depose the affidavit on behalf of the accused, adding that the accused is his nephew.

The affidavit indicated that the defence counsel, Pa Harry Jammeh, has conduct of the case on behalf of the accused and that Mr Bojang is familiar with the facts of the case.

Mr Bojang further stated in the affidavit that on 21 March 2017, the ‘Daily Observer’ ran a publication of an interview it had with prosecutor Fadera in the matter that he received death threats over the prosecution of the case.

He added that prosecutor Fadera feels uncomfortable to continue with the prosecution of the case.

The affidavit indicated that this has prompted the court to express a desire of wanting to transfer the case to the High Court.

Ebou Bojang stated further in the affidavit that the defence counsel has warned the family that unless steps are taken to avoid re-occurrence of such unwarranted attacks on the prosecutor, he would withdraw his representation and have the court transfer the case to the High Court.

The affidavit added that any such transfer will create further delays of the matter, further stating that on behalf of the family, Ebou Bojang has undertaken to do everything within his power to make sure that this does not happen again.

Prosecutors alleged that Babucarr Badjie, between January and December 2015 at the Associated Pre-mix Oil Company Ltd at Kairaba Avenue in the Kanifing Municipality, by virtue of his position as finance officer of the said company stole D33million.

Babucarr Badjie denied any wrongdoing and was subsequently granted bail, but could not fulfill the bail conditions.

Author: Dawda Faye