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In 'NIA Giving False Information Case', Court Issues subpoena for witnesses to Appear

Sep 25, 2008, 4:34 AM | Article By: By Bakary Samateh

The Banjul Magistrates' Court yesterday issued a subpoena for witnesses in the ongoing trial involving an NIA officer Abdou Aziz Dampha who is standing trial on a charge of giving false information to appear in court, although the names of those witnesses were not mentioned in court.

According to the charge sheet, in the month of July 2008, Aziz Dampha unlawfully gave written false information to the authorities that there was political problem in Lower River Region allegedly created by the Governor of the region, Momodou Soma Jobe, knowing it to be false or untrue, a charge he denied.

When the case was called yesterday, police prosecutor, Cadet Inspector Keita told the court that the prosecution was applying for an adjournment on the grounds that the prosecution witnesses are yet to be available in court. He adduced that the witnesses are engaged on official duties.

He stated that the prosecution is applying for the subpoena for the expected witnesses to appear before the court on the next adjourned date.

Meanwhile the application was granted by the presiding Magistrate, Edrisa F. Mbai to serve the witnesses in their various offices.

At that juncture the case was adjourned till 1st October 2008.