NIA 9 case: court summons defense lawyers to appear

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In the on-going criminal trial of 8 senior officials of the defunct NIA and a doctor, the presiding judge has made an order for Lawyers E.E. Chime and C.E. Mene to appear after their long absence from court.

The court made this order when the two lawyers failed to appear and also failed to give notice to the court for their absences.

When the case was called before Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara of the Special Criminal Division of the High Court, Lawyers Antouman A.B. Gaye, Yassin Senghor, Combeh Gaye, Lamin S. Camara and Rachel Y. Mendy appeared for the State whilst Lawyer Ibrahim Jallow appeared for the 3rd accused as well as held brief for Lawyer Patrick Gomez for the 2nd accused person. S. Kenedy appeared for the 4th 5th, 7th and 8th accused persons and U. Achigbue for the 6th and held brief for D. Darboe for the 9th accused person.

The Lawyer Antouman A.B. Gaye pleaded with the court to charge them for contempt of court for failing to appear and also failing to give reason (s) for their absence. Yankuba Badjie told the court that he had made an appointment to meet his lawyer the previous day at 3p.m. The court, however, ruled that it had given Yankuba Badjie time to try meet his lawyer but to no avail and therefore urged the State through Legal Aid to provide an attorney for the first accused person, Yankuba Badjie.

The case was adjourned to November 27th 2017 for continuation of hearing and cross-examination of PW3.

The accused persons are: Yankuba Badjie, former director of NIA, Louis Gomez, former deputy director of NIA, Saikou Omar Jeng, former director of Operations NIA, Haruna Susso, Yusupha Jammeh, Tamba Masireh, Lamin Darboe and Baboucarr Sallah, and Lamin Lang Sanyang a doctor.

They are facing multiples of charges including torture, murder, causing grievous harm, felony, fabrication of documents, forgery, making documents without authority, abduction in order to subjects persons to grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to commit felony and other charges. The accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez