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Hamadi Sowe's treason trial re-scheduled

Dec 21, 2009, 11:27 AM | Article By: Soury Camara & Isatou Senghore

The protracted treason trial involving Hamadi Sowe could not proceed at the last adjournment date, thanks to an application made by the state to be given time to bring their witnesses to court.

The presiding judge Justice Joseph Wowo of the Banjul High Court re-scheduled the trial to 27th January 2010.

Hamadi Sowe was charged with concealment of treason following the 21st March 2006 abortive coup attempt alleged to have been led by Ndure Cham, former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

The trial was at the voir dire stage (a trial within trial) following a defence objection to the tendering of prosecution documents, arguing that the statements were taken under duress.

This allegation was dismissed by the court after prosecution called its witnesses Malamin Ceesay, Babou Loum and Sainey Ndure to help deny the defence claim.

It could be recalled that the accused, a civilian, was arrested and arraigned for his alleged involvement in the 21st March 2006 abortive coup attempt, along side with some military personnel who were tried and convicted by the court martial that was constituted at the Yundum military Barrack.