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Prosecution closes case in trial of human rights activist

Jun 7, 2010, 10:28 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The prosecution in the false information case involving Mr. Edwin Nebolisa Nkawane the Director of Programs for the organization Africa in Democracy and Good Governance has announced that it is closing its case, after calling three witnesses to testify.

Mr. Nwakaeme, a Nigerian human rights activist in The Gambia, is expected to open his defence, come the next adjournment date, 9th June 2010.

It would be recalled that Mr. Nwakaeme, who pleaded not guilty, was granted court bail by magistrate Hilary U. Abeke of the Banjul Magistrates' Court in the sum of D5 million with two Gambian sureties, all of whom must have a landed property within the Greater Banjul Area, which bail condition he could not fulfil.

Consequently, he was since 10th March 2010 remanded in custody at the State Central Prison Mile 2.

According to the particulars of the offence, Mr. Nwakaeme, sometime in the month of March 2010 gave false information to the Office of the President that the Africa in Democracy and Good Governance Organisation is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), which he knew or had no reason(s) to believe is true.

Cadet Inspector Manneh was the prosecution officer, and lawyer Hajum Gaye appeared for the accused.