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Senior Lawyer freed

May 23, 2012, 12:57 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Lawyer Omar Dodou Mbye, a senior private legal practitioner, was recently discharged by the Banjul Magistrates’ Court following an application made by the prosecution to withdraw the case against him.

Superintendent Sainey Joof, the prosecuting officer in the case, told the court that the accused person had paid the money to the complainant, but the complainant had no right to withdraw the case from court, because it was brought by the state, and they were now withdrawing it.

Principal Magistrate Alagbe, in his ruling, said that going by the application made by the prosecutor, the matter was withdrawn and the accused person was thereby discharged.

It was alleged on count one that, in April 2011 in Banjul, lawyer Omar Dodou Mbye issued a false post-dated Access Bank cheque with serial number 00241366 dated 12 July 2011, for D100,000 to one Halim Eid, knowing very well that his account number 001002000673 with the said bank was closed.

Furthermore, count two stated that on 22 March 2011, in Banjul and diverse places in the country, lawyer Omar Dodou Mbye issued a cheque with serial number on different dates and amounts to Prime Stationery Limited, knowing fully well that his account number 0010020000678 with the said bank was closed.