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Accused discharged on mental grounds

Dec 9, 2015, 10:38 AM | Article By: Yai Dibba

A man called Alagie Mam Seye, standing trial for uttering words with intent to wound religious feelings, was recently discharged by principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court.

When the matter was called, defence counsel LK Mboge produced a medical certificate, and stated that it was given to the accused person by Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.

He said it was confirmed by the medical report that the accused, Alagie Mam Seye, after being examined by the hospital for his mental status, had a mental problem and needed to go for treatment at the psychiatric hospital.

In his ruling, the presiding magistrate told the court that the medical certificate was an authentic document; therefore the court gave an order for the accused to be discharged and also to be taken for mental treatment.

It would recalled that the accused, Alagie Mam Seye, on 11 July 2015 at Lamin village, published a cartoon of the Prophet knowing full well that it would hurt the religious feelings of Muslim followers.