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Court rejects prosecution’s application to serve Governor with subpoena

Dec 10, 2014, 9:56 AM | Article By: Fatou Jallow

Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court Tuesday rejected the prosecution’s application for a subpoena to be served on West Coast Region Governor Siffai Hydara, to appear in court as a prosecution witness.

The police prosecutor made the application in the trial of Muhideen Hydara, Caliph General of Darsilameh Sangajor and the village Alkalo, Buyeh Touray, who were accused of conspiracy and disobedience to lawful order.

When the case was called, prosecutor E. Sarr told the court he sent a message to the Governor, asking her to appear before the court.

He did not get any feedback from her, and said he would apply for a subpoena to be served on her, so they could proceed with the case.

Prosecutor Sarr said the Governor is part of law enforcement.

Defence counsel LK Mboge did not oppose the application, but said if they fail to proceed at the next court sitting, he would apply for the court to close the case and advise themselves on the steps to take.

According to counsel Mboge, a subpoena is applied for only if the witness refused to appear before the court.

The case was adjourned to 23 December 2014.