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Prosecutor adopts address in trial of soldier found with pistol

Apr 24, 2017, 10:15 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Prosecuting officer Sub-inspector Abdoulie Bojang, on 13 April 2017, adopted his written address in a voire dire (trial within trial) before Magistrate Janneh-Njie of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

Babucarr Njie, a soldier found with a pistol at the King Fahd Mosque, earlier told the court he was threatened when his cautionary and voluntary statements were being recorded.

As a result, the defence counsel, Sheriff Kumba Jobe, urged the court to order for a voire dire to determine the voluntariness of the statements.

In his address, the defence counsel said that since the prosecutor had failed to adduce evidence that the statements were obtained voluntarily, that therefore rendered the statements involuntarily.

He urged the court to disregard the statements sought to be tendered.

He argued that it violated the manner in which they were recorded.

Now that the prosecutor had filed and adopted his written address before the court, the defence counsel is expected to reply on points of law on 20 April 2017.