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Rights Activist’s Fine Reduced

Dec 21, 2010, 11:36 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Justice Emmanuel Amadi of the High Court in Banjul on Friday dismissed on four grounds the appeal filed by Edwin Nobelisa, a human rights activist, who was appealing against the verdict of the lower court.

However, the court considered the appeal on one of the grounds, and ruled as being too excessive the D10,000 fine of the lower court, and consequently reduced the fine to D500 in default to serve six months in prison without hard labour.

The judge in his judgment noted that the appellant was arraigned before the Banjul Magistrates’ Court and charged with giving false information to a public officer, a charged the appellant has denied.

Justice Amadi further stated that the prosecution had called two witnesses in support of their case, and also tendered three exhibits.

He said that the appellant, through his counsel, filed a no-case-to-answer submission, which was overruled, adding that the appellant did not enter into his defence, but instead relied on his address.

The trial judge further stated that the appellant was later convicted and sentenced to a six months mandatory jail term and fined D10, 000 in default to serve three-year imprisonment.