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Accused sent to prison for recording on video court proceedings

Aug 3, 2015, 10:12 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Yusupha Sarjo, who was charged with obtaining money by false pretence, personification in general and defamation of character, was on 28 July 2015, sent to prison by Magistrate Kijera of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court for recording court proceedings on a video.

He was charged with contempt and has to spend one month in prison.

The court heard the testimony of the second prosecution witness, Kisima Juwara.

He told the court that he first met the accused at Latrikunda German at a funeral.

He said the accused told him that he wanted to see him, adding that the accused introduced himself as Yusupha Sanyang, working at the Office of the President as an intelligence officer.

Juwara further stated that Momodou Salieu Jallow’s money exchange bureau license was seized and the accused promised Momodou Salieu Jallow, the complainant, that if he paid him D300,000, he, the accused, would return the license to Mr Jallow.

The witness posited that the accused agreed with the complainant to pay him D200,000, adding that the complainant gave him, he, the witness, D50,000 which he in turn gave to the accused at FIB building at Kairaba Avenue in the presence of one Musa Fatty.

While the witness was testifying, the accused, Yusupha Sarjo, recorded the proceedings on a video, which warranted the prosecutor to charge him with contempt of court and was sent to prison to serve one month by the magistrate.

Sergeant 544 Jaiteh represented the IGP.

The case continues on 13 August 2015, for cross-examination.