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In Foroyaa messenger’s trial, prosecution receives AG’

Dec 18, 2013, 9:53 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Prosecutor 335 Nying, who is the prosecuting officer in the case involving Mass Kah, a Foroyaa messenger, charged with sedition at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, on 17 December 2013 as she walked out of the magistrate’s chambers, told this reporter that she had received consent from the AG’s chambers to proceed with the case.

The prosecutor further informed this reporter that the case was adjourned to 30 December 2013, for hearing.

It would be recalled that Mass Kah was recently arraigned before Magistrate Isatou Janneh and charged with sedition.

He pleaded guilty when the charge sheet was read to him. The magistrate asked the prosecutor whether she was ready to read out the facts to the court.

The prosecutor rose and told the court that the case file was not with her and applied for an adjournment to the following day. Her application was granted.

On the next hearing date, she stood up again and told the court that she was applying to amend the section under which the accused was charged.

The defence counsel, Lamin S. Camara, did not raise any objection, and her application was granted.

Having amended the charge sheet, it was read for the second time to the accused person, who then changed his plea of guilty, and pleaded not guilty.

Mass Kah was granted bail.

Later, the prosecutor rose and said that the accused could not be prosecuted without the consent of the Attorney General’s Chambers, and applied for an adjournment to seek consent.

Lawyer S. Camara did not object to the application.

The case was subsequently adjourned to 17 December 2013, to hear from the prosecutor as to whether she received the consent of the AG’s chambers.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused, Mass Kah on 14 November 2013 between the hours of 16:00 hrs and 17:00hrs, at Latrikunda German, within the K.M.C. and diverse areas, with willful intention, uttered a statement against the president’s photo which one Lamin Camara was pasting on his vehicle opposite a tailoring workshop, saying: “Why not paste the said photo of H.E. the President on the sky?” and thereby committed an offence.