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Lack of interpreter hinder proceeding

Mar 1, 2010, 12:00 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Of recent times the criminal trial of Peter Paul Amberger, a Dutch national could not proceed before Magistrate Lamin George of the Bundung Magistrates' court.

When the case was called, the defence counsel Assan Martin applied to the court to provide a Dutch interpreter, as his client is not fluent in English.

The prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Mballow did not oppose the application, and subsequently the trial Magistrate upheld the defence counsel's application and adjourned the case to 15th March 2010.

It could be recalled that the accused Peter Amberger is standing trial on charges of “indecent assault of male and unnatural offence by allegedly having a carnal knowledge of an under-aged boy."

He vehemently denied the charges.