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In Ebrima Loppy case Defence asks for acquittal

Sep 7, 2010, 11:53 AM | Article By: Sainey M.K Marenah

In the trial of one Ebrima Loppy Gambian Based in the United states of America at the Banjul Magistrates' Court presided over by Magistrate Hilary U Abeke, counsel for the accused person, Pap Cheyassin Ousman Secka, recently urged the court to acquit his client.

Counsel made this submission, while opposing the application for a withdrawal of the case against his client made by the police prosecutor, Sgt Camara.

The police prosecutor had earlier applied for the case to be withdrawn against the accused person, until the prosecution was able to put its house in order.

The police prosecutor, Sgt Camara, in his application to withdraw the case stated that there is a new development that came to the knowledge of the prosecution pertaining to this case.

"We humbly announced the withdrawal of this case, so that the prosecution can go back and look into this case," he told the court.

PC Secka said he opposed the withdrawal application based on section 68 of the criminal procedure code.

"I wish to bring in to your worship's attention that this case has been adjourned for the 17th time, starting from the 28th April 2010," he told the court.

"I respectfully invite your worship to avert your mind that the prosecution has already laid evidence in this case and we are here today for the prosecution to call additional witnesses", he added.

It would be recalled that Mr Loppy was charged with two counts of giving false information to a public servant, and attempts to commit a felony. He denied the charges.

Count one stated that on 12 April 2010, Loppy gave false information to one Ramatoulie Ceesay, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the President, that according to the International Monetary Fund report, the government of the Gambia is poor in loan servicing and lacks credibility.

Count two stated that Mr Loppy on 29th March 2010 in Banjul, with intent to defraud, explained a project proposal of $800 million to the government of the Gambia through Ramatoulie Cole Ceesay.