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Bun Sanneh and co trial adjourned

Feb 17, 2011, 1:56 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The criminal trial involving Ibrahim Bun Sanneh and four others could not proceed at the High Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Amadi, due to the absence of the state witness, who was reported to be engaged in official matters.

When the trial resumed recently, the deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, S.H. Bakun, told the court that the prosecution was expecting their witness, one Omar Cham, an NIA officer, in court by 2pm, but then he received information that his witness was busy with official matters, and could not make it to the court.

He therefore applied for an adjournment.

Defence counsel L.K. Mboge, who represented the fifth accused, in his response to the DDPP’s application, told the court that the state earlier said that they had eight more witnesses to call, meaning that (PW12) Omar Cham was not the last witness.

He added that the prosecution should have brought along other witnesses, so that in case one is absent they can proceed with the other, considering that the accused persons are in detention.

Meanwhile, senior defence counsel Pap Cheyassin Ousman Secka announced his representation for the second and fourth accused persons, and he also held brief for lawyer Kebba Sanyang, counsel for the first and third accused persons.

The case was subsequently adjourned till 1 March 2010.