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Judge’s illness hinders Taranga FM MD bail ruling

Feb 4, 2016, 11:36 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

Ruling on the bail application of the Taranga FM Managing Director, Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, scheduled for yesterday before Justice Abi of the Banjul High Court, was adjourned.

Both parties were present in court and were informed that the trial judge, Justice Abi, was sick and could not deliver the ruling.

The case was then adjourned until 8 February 2016. 

This was the third bail application made by Ceesay before the high court.

Two previous bail applications made before Justice Abi and Balarabe were all denied.

The applicant, Alajie Abdoulie Ceesay, is being tried on seven counts of sedition.

Meanwhile, the defence counsel Combeh Gaye-Coker yesterday filed a no-case-to-answer submission before the court.

Counsel Combeh Gaye-Coker, in her submission said: “In support of the application, it is our argument that there are new circumstances which the court ought to consider in granting bail to the applicant,” she said.

“The last bail application which was refused was on 17 September 2015. It was our argument that there has been a lapse of time from September to date, which is four months,” she added.

Apart from lapses of time, the applicant had said in paragraphs 2 to 27 of the affidavit in support, that his health had deteriorated so much so that he was admitted at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH), and also put on medication, she said.