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Judge's absence retards Tamba, Fofana treason trial

Nov 26, 2010, 12:18 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

The treason trial involving former chief of defence staff, Lt. General Lang Tombong Tamba, and ex chief of naval staff, Rear Admiral Sajor Fofana, could not proceed yesterday at the special criminal court in Banjul.

Justice Ikpala, the presiding judge, was said to be attending a workshop, where he was serving as a resource person and, therefore, could not make it to the court.

Subsequently, the case was adjourned to 30th November 2010.

The accused persons were brought to court amidst tight security, with both hands cuffed and feet shackled.

It would be recalled that the ex-military duo are being tried in connection with the 21st March 2006 abortive coup plot, allegedly masterminded by the former CDS Col. Ndure Cham.

They are facing four counts of treason, conspiracy to commit treason and concealment of treason.

The prosecution has so far called four witnesses, including Major Momodou Alieu Bah, Timothy Sanyang, a military officer, and Momomdou Sowe, a police detective attached to the Major Crime Unit of the Gambia Police Force.