NIA 9 trial adjourn after Koriteh

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara of the High Court in Banjul yesterday adjourned the criminal trial involving the state against the former officials of the National Intelligence Agency until 29 June 2017.

The judge’s decision came after the prosecution and the defence teams reached a compromised that the aforementioned date was suitable for the hearing of the case while awaiting certain developments regarding the 1st accused person.

The nine accused persons are Yankuba Badjie, Loiuse Richards Leese Gomez, Saihou Omar Jeng, Babucarr Sallah, Yusupha Jammeh, Haruna Susso, Tamba Mansary, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang.

They are charged with multiple offences of conspiracy to murder, murder, assault causing actual bodily harm, forgery, making false documents among others.

It would be recalled that the state was represented by officials from the Attorney General’s Chambers and called two witnesses but when the state opted to hire private lawyers to take over the prosecution of the case, the defence took objection to their representation.

This prompted the court to order that briefs be filed by the parties, whilst some defence counsel had declared that they are not opposing the representation of the private lawyers for the state.

During yesterday sitting, lawyer C.E. Mene, defence counsel for the 1st accused, Yankuba Badjie, informed the court that some development to the pending matter before the court may necessitate a very short adjournment to the application.

He argued that the application was prompted by his client to be subjected to persecution instead of prosecution.

He further argued that they have engaged the prosecution with a view to having some common ground, adding that he was pleased to inform the court that there was a good prospect.

Lawyer Mene disclosed that there are certain developments regarding his client which he would not want to divulge now.

“We don’t want to trouble the waters which we will have to drink,” he remarked

He craved the court indulgence to grant a short adjournment to the defence to enable them have a common ground.

The lead counsel for the prosecution, lawyer A.A.B. Gaye, informed the court that he was not objecting to the defence application for a short adjournment.

Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara then adjourned the matter until 29 June 2017.

Author: Bruce Asemota