May 23, 2014, 10:15 AM
Imam Abdoulie Fatty of the State House Mosque was yesterday served with a summons to testify as a witness in the ongoing trial involving five accused persons at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court.
The five accused persons are Buba Jabang, Nyima Jabang, Lamin Jabang, Imran Jabang and Famadi Bojang, who were charged with prohibition of conduct conducive to a beach of the peace.
When the trial resumed yesterday, defence counsel Borry Touray informed the court that he was told by the registrar of the court that the process server of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court had served the witness, Imam Fatty, on Wednesday 28 September for him to come and testify before the court.
At that the police prosecutor then called another witness to testify, one Ismailia Nyandu.
In his testimony, Ismailia Nyandu told the court that he is a Qur’anic teacher at Pirang village, and that he recognized the accused persons.
He said on 16 April 2011, at Pirang village, they went to the mosque to pray and also recite the Qur’an at Manneh kunda.
He added that, when they entered the mosque, Imam Yaya Janneh led the prayers, because he was an imam appointed by the two alkalos, the Pirang Village Development Committee, the people of Pirang Village and the Mosque Committee.
According to the witness, while they were praying, a man called Lamin Jabang came to attack them, and started insulting them, adding that when they went back for another prayer, they found the front row was occupied by Lamin Jabang, Folonko Jabang, Imran Jabang, Famadi Bojang and Folonko’s hand was in his pocket.
At that juncture the case was adjourned to 11 October 2011.