Dec 5, 2011, 1:43 PM
The case involving 20 accused persons, who were charged with unnatural offence and conspiracy to commit a felony, could not proceed yesterday before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.
When the case was mentioned, Sgt Kinteh stood up and told the court that he was representing the IGP along with 3560 Colley.
Lawyer Camara rose and said that he was representing some of the accused persons, along with Combeh Gaye-Coker.
Lawyers Badou S.M. Conteh and Abdoulie Sissoho also announced the representation of some of the accused persons.
Sgt Kinteh again rose, and told the court that the case file was at the Attorney General’s Chambers for legal advice.
He said he was informed that the file was sent back to the police to prosecute the case.
He further stated that the file had not yet reached their office, and applied for an adjournment for a fortnight to continue with the case.
Defence lawyer Camara in response told the court that they have legal responsibility for the accused persons to enjoy a speedy and fair trial, as stated in the constitution of the country.
He said the police did not give any genuine reason for adjournment of the case, further stating that it is almost a month since the case started.
He appealed to the court for the case to be expedited.
Lawyer Conteh meanwhile told the court that a two-week adjournment was not enough, and urged the court to make it more than two weeks.
Subsequently, Magistrate Tabally adjourned the case till 14 June 2012, for definite hearing.