Jammeh’s closed associate ask Supreme Court to restrain Commission of Inquiry

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Feryale Ghanem; close associate of the former president Yahya Jammeh is asking the Supreme Court of the Gambia, presided over by Chief Justice Hassan B.Jallow, Justice G.B.S.Janneh, Justice Raymond C. Sock, Justice Marke Browne and Justice Mam Yassin Sey to restrain the Commission of Inquiry from holding her in contempt.

It could be recalled that the Commission of Inquiry made an order against the plaintiff; Feryale Ghanem dated the 5th June, 2018.

The plaintiff filed a motion asking the Supreme Court to restrain the Commission of inquiry from taking any steps intended to give effect to or holding her in contempt or acting in any manner which may prejudice her pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

The plaintiff is also asking the Supreme Court to prevent the Commission from or entitled to act in any manner calculated to carry into effect the letter dated the 6th November, 2018, addressed to her.

During yesterday’s sitting the director of Civil Litigation, Binga D. drew the court’s attention to the fact that the Commission of Inquiry which was the 1st defendant in the suit filed by the plaintiff; Feryale Ghanem has been struck out.

Binga D. submitted that the plaintiff still maintains the Commission of Inquiry having been struck out by the Supreme Court.

Lawyer Ida Drammeh, plaintiff’s counsel informed the court that all the processes in the suit were filed before the order of striking out the name of the Commission was made, noting that the application was filed on the 14th November, 2018.

Binga D. interjected and submitted that the plaintiff has an option to amend its motion, adding that the court cannot make an order against a party that is not before the court.

Lawyer Ida Drammeh then asked the court whether the plaintiff can submit written arguments before the court.

Binga D. submitted that lawyer Ida Drammeh’s move was a calculated attempt to delay the proceedings of the court towards speedy disposal of the suit.

At this point Lawyer Ida Drammeh took objection to what the director of Civil Litigation; Binga D. said the plaintiff’s calculated attempt to delay the proceedings.

Lawyer Drammeh disclosed that the plaintiff has pursued the case with extreme diligence.

Binga D. submitted that the issue before the court was whether the motion before the court was competent which the State wants the court to determine.

Hearing continues on Friday, 7th December, 2018.

Author: Bruce Asemota