May 9, 2014, 10:41 AM
The lower court in
Ensa Badjie and Tijan Badjie are being tried at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on four counts of conspiracy to defeat justice and interference with the witnesses, abuse of office, deceiving witnesses and destroying evidence. Both have denied the charges.
However, the ex-police prosecutor, Tijan Badjie was granted bail of D500, 000, with two
Ensa Badjie was refused bail for the mean time on the grounds that he has other pending case at the High Court of the
In reply to the defence counsel application for bail yesterday, Njemeh Jallow, state counsel, told the lower court that the state was vehemently opposing to bail for the accused persons on the grounds that investigations into the matter are yet to be completed and if they are granted bail, they would interfere with the witnesses.
Principal Magistrate Nkea in his ruling said the state counsel opposition to bail lacks merit and subsequently granted bail to the second accused, Tijan Badjie, with the above-mentioned conditions.
It would be recall that the defence counsel LS Camara earlier applied for bail for his clients, saying the offence committed is a bail-able one.
He said taking cognisant of the fact that the bail is at the descretion of the court, the defence would urge the court to grant the accused persons bail.
The case was adjourned till 5th January 2011.
Ensa Badjie, it would recall is currently facing numerous criminal trials at the High Court in
Ensa Badjie is also facing robbery-related charges at the Special Criminal Court of the High Court in