Judge urges relatives of victims of NIA 9 trial to be law abiding

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara of High Court in Banjul yesterday, Feb.13, 2018, cautioned some relatives of the alleged victims to be law abiding during the criminal trial of the nine accused persons involved in the case.

Justice Camara made this disclosure during the criminal trial involving the State against the nine former officials of the NIA.

Lawyer Ibrahim Jallow, defence counsel for the 3rd accused person, Saihou Omar Jeng informed the court that some relatives of the alleged victims are fond of booing, using abusing language, intimidating and throwing stones on the accused persons whilst they are being escorted to and from the Mile 2 prisons.

Sometimes, it is alleged that some of them boo these suspects calling them killers.

Justice Camara warned that nobody is allowed to intimidate any suspect whilst the matter is still before the court, adding that the law is meant to protect everyone.

She said it is unlawful for anyone to decide at the beginning of a trial who is guilty, adding that it is the court that decides who is guilty at the end of a trial.

The prosecution lead counsel, Antouman A.B. Gaye disclosed that he totally concurred with the Defence Counsel Ibrahim Jallow who raised the issue that the accused persons are always harassed, intimidated or booed by some of the relatives of the alleged victims in the NIA case.

Lawyer Gaye pointed out that the accused persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty and he therefore urged the court to intervene.

Meanwhile, Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara warned that anyone found perpetrating this act would be dealt with according to the law and she therefore advised them to be law abiding.

Author: Bruce Asemota