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Former Justice Minister Jobarteh makes no-case submission

Dec 9, 2013, 9:38 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Former Justice minister Lamin AMS Jobarteh on 5 December 2013, through his counsel, filed a no-case-to-answer submission in the trial involving him and the former Chief Justice, Joseph Wowo, at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

Justice Wowo and Lamin A.M.S. Jobarteh were arraigned on a thirteen-count indictment which included abuse of office, conspiracy to defeat Justiceand interference with witnesses, offences relating to Judicial proceeding, to giving false information to a public officer, charges they denied.

In moving the motion on the no-case-to-answer submission, defence counsel BS Touray stated that he was adopting the submission filed by counsel, Ozuma.

He submitted that the subject matter of a statement which was meant to prejudice the appellant’s case before the Gambia Court of Appeal was not highlighted on the particulars of offence.

Counsel Touray added that the 2nd accused, Jobarteh, was embarrassed and prejudiced, and he urged the court to acquit and discharge him.

The case was adjourned to 9 December 2013, for the state to reply.