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Dutch National Case File Sent to AG's Chambers

Nov 10, 2008, 4:04 AM | Article By: Modou Sanyang

The criminal case file concerning Marce Maurice Alfred Vanmaldegum a Dutch national has been sent to the Attorney General's Chamber for legal opinion, according the police prosecutor.

The prosecutor last Friday informed the Banjul Magistrates' Court presided over by Magistrate Lamin George that they are yet to receive the case file from the AG's Chambers where it was sent for legal advice and therefore applied for an adjournment.

Defence counsel Badou Conteh, for his part, said the court should press the prosecution for a speedy trial as the case was a criminal one. He said justice delay is justice denied, adding that the case was set for hearing.

The accused Mr Marce is standing trial at the Banjul Magistrates' Court for allegedly aiding a prisoner to escape contrary to section 109 of the criminal code cap 10 volume III laws of the Gambia 1990.

The alleged offence revealed that on or about 3rd September 2008 at Banjul and diverse places aided a trial prisoner Andrew Charles Northfield to escape.

Mr Northfield the General Manger of Carnegie Minerals Company was standing trial at the Banjul High Court along with the company for economic crime and theft.

The case was then adjourned until 19th November 2008.