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Fresh charges for Ex MP Dawda Manneh

Oct 14, 2008, 6:25 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The dismissed National Assembly Member for Nianija constituency in Central River Region (CRR) Mr. Dawda Manneh and his co-accused Demba Baldeh now face fresh charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy.

The duo were arraigned last Thursday before Principal Magistrate Idrissa Mbye at the Brikama Magistrates' Court on a charge of being in possession of 9kg, 260g of suspected drug for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy.

Count one states that on or about 13thSeptember 2008 at Sololo village in CRR the accused persons were allegedly found in possession of 9kg, 260g of suspected prohibited drug.

Count two states that on 10thSeptember 2008 at Brusubi in Kombo North, Western Region, the duo conspired to transport 9kg, 260g of suspected prohibited drug from the Brusubi area.

However when the charge sheets were read to them, they denied the charges.

Defence Counsel Amie Joof-Conteh made an application for the court to order the State Prosecutors to supply the defence with all the information necessary in the case to enable the defence to get prepared.

The application was granted and the court ordered the State prosecutors to make available to the defence all the information necessary for the case before the next adjourned date - today (Tuesday, 14 October 2008).