Jan 9, 2009, 5:12 AM
The case involving Momodou Jarju alias Rongo and Abdoulie Mbye alias Efry Mbye has reached its climax at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before Principal Magistrate Alage Ade Taiwo.
Rongo and Mbye are being tried for the offences of giving false information, making false documents, uttering false documents and prohibition of conduct conducive to a breach of the peace.
When the case was called, defence counsel Secka Gaye told the court that the defence was yet to file their brief, because the prosecution witnesses had said a lot in their evidence and, as such, the defence needed to prepare to refute their allegations against his client.
He then applied to the court to give them at least 10 days to file their brief.
Responding to the defence counsel’s submission, the prosecuting officer, Superintendent Habibu Sanyang, told the court that the prosecution wanted to file their brief, but were unable to file as they are waiting for the defence to file first.
He also applied for the court to give them at least seven days to file their brief.
The case was then adjourned till 4 September 2012, for adoption of briefs.
The particulars of offence on count one stated that the accused persons some time in 2010, in Banjul and diverse places, gave false information to the Ministry of Local Government and copied the same to the Secretary General, Office of the President, stating that alkalo Eric Tunde Janneh was disuniting the people and grabbing land at Bunjulnding in the West Coast Region, and that the President’s Office acknowledged Mr. Malang Badjie as the chairman of the council of elders of Banjulnding.
Count two stated that the accused persons some time in 2010, in Banjul and diverse places, wrote petition to the Secretary General, Office of the President that the villagers of Banjulnding were not in support of the Alkalo Eric Tunde Janneh, who was grabbing land and disuniting the people of Banjulnding.
Furthermore, count three stated that the two accused persons some time in 2010, in Banjul and diverse places, knowingly and fraudulently presented a petition letter to the Secretary General Office of the President, stating that the villagers of Banjulinding were not in support of the Alkalo Eric Thundeh Janneh, who was grabbing land and disuniting the people of Banjulnding.
Count four stated that some time in 2010, in Banjul and diverse places, they conducted meetings with the people of Banjulnding in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace.