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Independent witness collapses, ex-igp & co voire dire adjourned

Aug 20, 2010, 12:08 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

Babucarr Khan, the independent witness who was to testify for the prosecution in the trial within a trial over the cautionary statement of ex-IGP Ensa Badjie, yesterday reportedly collapsed outside the courtroom in Banjul.

Mr. Khan was the second prosecution witness in the trial within a trial, and he reportedly collapsed before he could testify, and was taken to hospital for a medical check-up.

When the case was called, the deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Mikailu Abdullahi informed the court that the next prosecution witness was in the premises of the court, but had suddenly collapsed.

"On this ground, my lord, I'm applying for an adjournment so that before the next adjournment date the witness will have recovered," the deputy DPP said. Defence counsel B.S. Touray, representing Ensa Badjie did not raise any objection to the prosecution's application for an adjournment.

The case was subsequently adjourned to 24th August 2010 for continuation of the hearing.

Readers would recall that the 1st prosecution witness in the voire dire, Inspector Ballo K. Jobe, had told the court that he obtained the cautionary statement from Ensa Badjie in the presence of Babucarr Khan, an independent witness.