State objects to competence of appeal filed by minister of trade

Friday, December 07, 2018

The state law office represented by Lawyer M.B. Abubacarr has stated that the criminal appeal filed by Amadou Sanneh, minister of Trade, Industry, Employment and Regional Integration before the Supreme Court is incompetent before the said court.

Lawyer Abubacarr made this declaration on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 during the Supreme Court’s sitting on the hearing of the criminal appeal filed by the appellant/plaintiff against the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

It could be recalled that the appellant was convicted and sentenced by the Special Criminal Court, presided over by Justice Emmanuel Nkea – a man who was widely viewed as a machinery judge for ex President Yahya Jammeh.

Dissatisfied with the High Court decision, the appellant filed an appeal before the Supreme Court and during the hearing of the said appeal on Wednesday, Lawyer M.B. Abubacarr raised objection to the competences of the said appeal and informed the court that the state was ready to file addresses.

Lawyer Abubacarr further informed the court that the since the appellant is now free to do his own work and doesn’t think that there is any urgency in the appellant situation and he asked for 7 days for the state to file its address.

Appellant’s counsel, R.Y. Mendy intimated the court that the appellant would file its address as soon as they receive the State brief.

The Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow disclosed that the court would be given the State 7 days to file their briefs and the appellant 7 days to do the same, adding that notices will be issued in respect of the adjourned date.

Author: Bruce Asemota