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Prosecution opts not to reply to no-case submission in GNOC case

Jun 1, 2011, 2:07 PM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Inspector Darboe, the new prosecuting officer in GNOC case, yesterday told Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court that he was informed by Inspector Mballow, from whom he inherited the case, that he (Mballow) would not reply to the no-case submission made by the defence counsel, Ida Drammeh.

Beatrice Allen, Ousman Wadda and Muhammed Janneh, all GNOC officials, were earlier brought to court and charged with stealing D34, 000, meant for Lang Tombong Tamba’s allowances.

They have all denied the charge.

The prosecution called four witnesses, namely Omar Drammeh, Lawrence Bruce, George Gomez and Seedy Kinteh, the GFA president.

The first prosecution witness, Omar Drammeh, an officer of the NDEA, told the court that Seedy Kinteh told him that he (Seedy) received D24, 000 from Ousman Wadda for safe keeping.

Lawrence Bruce, the second prosecution witness, testified that the accused persons did not steal the D34, 000.

The third prosecution witness, George Gomez, stated in his testimony that he was telephoned to come to court, and he did not know why he was in court.

Seedy Kinteh, GFA president and the fourth prosecution witness, testified that the accused persons did not steal the said money.

On 23rd May 2011, the prosecuting officer, Inspector Darboe, told the court that he had no witness present in court.

As a result, Magistrate Tabally said he would not grant him an adjournment, and declared the case of the prosecution closed.

The defence counsel, Ida Drammeh, rose and announced that she was going to make a no-case submission, which she did.

She submitted that the prosecution witnesses had proved the innocence of the accused persons.

Since the prosecution would not reply to the no-case submission by the defence, the trial magistrate adjourned the case till 13 June 2011, for ruling.