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Judgment Day for UDP’s Lansana Jobarteh

Jun 26, 2014, 9:41 AM | Article By: Malamin LM Conteh

The Bundung magistrates court, presided over by magistrate Isatou Janneh, is today expected to deliver judgment in the case involving Lansana Jobarteh, a militant of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP).

Jobarteh was charged with broadcasting without a licence contrary to the Information and Communication Act 2009.

The police accusation was that Jobarteh, between 14 and 15 December 2013 while attending UDP political rallies at the Buffer Zone in the KMC, at Brikama and diverse places, talked on Skype using on IPOD and gave information abroad without a broadcastinglicence,and thereby committed an offence.

It would be recalled that challenged by the accused person’s plea of not guilty, the prosecution called two witnesses, both NIA officers, and tendered exhibits.

When the prosecution’s case closed, the defence counsel made a no-case-to-answer submission, to which the prosecution replied.

The trial magistrate at the time overruled the no-case submission made by the defence, and asked the accused person to open his defence.

Lansana Jobarteh subsequently did so, led by his defence counsel, lawyer Ousainou Darboe.