May 18, 2012, 2:15 PM
The criminal trial of Babylon 48 accused persons could not proceed recently at the Brikama Magistrates' Court before Magistrate Emmanuel Nkea, as the state prosecutor was not in court.
The 48 accused persons are charged with arson, willful damage to property and going armed in public, the charges they vehemently denied.
When the case was called, defence counsel, Ms. Hagum Gaye told the court that she and the state prosecutor had agreed that PW3 Saikou Sarr, a remand prisoner should be brought to court for cross-examination.
She told the court that the prison police officer had informed her that the witness was sick, and as such he couldn't attend the court.
Counsel Gaye then urged the court to send a hearing notice to the state prosecutor before the next adjourned date. She said her clients are old people, whom she said, had on several occasions attended the court without the case proceeding.
The case was subsequently adjourned to 1st September 2010.