May 22, 2009, 7:12 AM
The high court in Banjul on Monday acquitted and discharged Abdoulie Jallow who was charged with rape, and was on trial for two years at the Bundung Magistrates' Court and later at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.
The high court acquitted and discharged the accused person, Abdoulie Jallow, following a no-case-to-answer submission by his defence counsel, Badou SM Conteh.
Abodoulie Jallow was first arraigned at Bundung Magistrates' Court before Principal Magistrate Kumba Sillah-Camara.
The case was later transferred to the Special Criminal Court, which was established to try persons who commit such offences.
The prosecution had called in three witnesses, but the accused person did not open his defence, since his counsel, lawyer Conteh decided to file a no-case submission, on the grounds that there was not substantial evidence against him.
Justice Ikpala, the presiding judge, subsequently acquitted and discharged the accused person, after ruling on the no-case submission.