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Prosecution closes case in former GRTS reporter’s trial

Jul 13, 2011, 2:05 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Prosecutors yesterday announced the closure of their case in the criminal trial involving Dodou Sanneh, former reporter with the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), before Magistrate Ma-Nyima Bojang of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

Dodou Sanneh is being tried for the offence of giving false information to a public officer.

When the case was called, the prosecuting officer told the court that the prosecution was closing their case after calling three prosecution witnesses.

The trial magistrate then told the accused person to open his defence, but Dodou Sanneh told the court that he would like to apply for an adjournment to enable him seek the services of a lawyer who would defend him in court.

The trial magistrate then stated that the accused person has all rights to seek the services of a lawyer at any stage of the proceedings.

He subsequently adjourned the case till 18 July 2011, for the accused to open his defence.

It would be recalled that the accused person, Dodou Sanneh, was said to have, sometime this year, written to the Office of the President, stating that his service was wrongfully terminated as a reporter of the Gambia Radio and Television Services, which information, it was alleged, he knew to be false.