Aug 5, 2009, 2:32 AM
The case of prohibition of conduct conducive to breach of the peace involving Buba Bajinka, Nyima Jabang, Lamin Jabang, Imran Jabang and Famadi Bojang, Monday continued at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court.
Testifying under cross-examination, PW4, Maline Touray, told the court he, as the alkalo of Berending Village, was present when the Supreme Islamic Council went to Pirang village to settle the problem for which the accused were standing trial before the court.
He said the Supreme Islamic Council (SIC) reached a solution on the matter.
The alkalo further adduced that he was not served with a copy of the letter from SIC.
Asked to explain how the council resolved the matter, the witness said he did not know anything about that.
At this juncture, counsel applied to the court for the witness to answer the question put to him, because the witness told the court he was present during the SIC meeting and the council reached a decision of settling the matter.
He could not now tell the court that he did not know anything as to how the council resolved the matter, counsel said, adding that the position of the law was that when a witness refused to answer a question within his knowledge, he could be compelled to do so, and if he refused, he would be liable to be sent to jail for eight days.
In response, the prosecuting officer, 1343 Camara, told the court the witness had clearly answered the question that he did not know anything about how SIC resolved the matter.
The case was then adjourned till 1 August 2012.