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Femi Peters' case now before Magistrate Kayode

Feb 3, 2010, 1:47 PM | Article By: Dawda Faye

The well publicised Femi Peters' trial is now before Magistrate Olajubutu Kayode. Magistrate Kayode, until his recent transfer, was the Principal Magistrate at the Bundung Magistrates' Court. The case was at first heard before Magistrate Ikpala.

When the case was called yesterday, 2nd February 2010, the prosecuting officer, Inspector Fadera, informed the court that the prosecution has closed its case.

Lawyer Neneh Cham-Chongan, who was holding brief for defence counsel Ousainou Darboe, who was reported to be indisposed, said it was expected that the prosecution was going to call their last witness and, as a result, they did not prepare for the defence to open its case.

She subsequently applied for an adjournment for submission of address or to issue a notice as to what their position is.

Magistrate Olajubutu Kayode adjourned the case to 15th February 2010.

It would be recalled that Mr. Peters, the campaign manager of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), was charged with two counts.

The counts relate to the unlawful holding of a political rally and for using a loudspeaker to be heard in a public place without the written consent of the Inspector-General of Police, charges he denied.