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Court to rule on UDP militant’s appeal

Dec 17, 2014, 10:15 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

Justice Amadi of the Special Criminal Court in Banjul yesterday set a date for ruling on the appeal filed by the convicted UDP militant, Lansana Jobarteh.

Jobarteh, a militant of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), was convicted on 10 July 2014 for broadcasting without a licence contrary to the Information and Communication Act 2009.

He was said to have attended political rallies of the UDP, on 14 and 15 December 2013, at the Buffer Zone Tallinding in the Kanifing Municipality, Brikama and diverse places, and whilst there talked on Skype and using an Ipod gave information abroad without a broadcasting licence.

When the case was called, senior counsel Ousainou Darboe, appearing for Jobarteh said he filed the petition of appeal dated 6 August 2014.

However, the DPP challenged the competence of the appeal. He said the appellant did not give any reason why he did not have the judgment attached, and did not show any efforts he made to get the judgment.

He said sufficient reasons were not given as to why they did not attach the judgment.

DPP added that what the appellant filed was not a competent appeal.

He asked the court to throw out the application by dismissing it.

The case was adjourned to 22 January 2015, for ruling on the application.