May 22, 2015, 11:09 AM
The case involving former police chief Ensa Badjie and former officer commanding prosecution Banjul Division, Tijan Badjie, yesterday saw another adjournment at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
The case was adjourned to 19th March 2012.
The two Badjies are being tried on charges of conspiracy to defeat justice, and interference with witnesses, destroying evidence, and abuse of office.
When the case was called, the second accused person, Tijan Badjie, told the court that the case had suffered a setback at the instance of the state.
He added that this case had suffered a series of adjournments at the instance of the prosecution witnesses, adding that the court on the last adjournment date agreed that if the state failed to produce their witnesses for cross-examination, it would close the evidence of the witnesses.
Ensa Badjie, the first accused person, also told the court that the case had suffered a series of adjournments, adding that the witnesses in this case who should be cross-examined by their counsel, were not present in court for long time.
However, the trial magistrate, Alagbe, ruled that since the case had being dragging for so long, the court would consider giving it priority, so as to make progress from the next adjournment date.
According to the particulars of offence, Ensa Badjie and Tijan Badjie, in 2008, in
Count two indicated that Tijan Badjie in 2008 in the Banjul, being a police prosecutor in the case of Inspector General of Police versus Musa Suso before the Bundung Magistrates’ Court, knowing that an investigation report of the panel that investigated the said Musa Suso was required in evidence, willfully concealed same with intent to prevent it from being used in evidence.
Count three also stated that Ensa Badjie and Tijan Badjie in 2008 in Banjul, being employed in the public service as police officers, abused the authority of their offices and did or directed to be done, arbitrary acts prejudicial to the rights of others to wit maliciously arrested and caused the prosecution of Burama Dibba for the offence of giving false information to a public servant before the Banjul Magistrates’ Court without just cause.
Furthermore, count four stated that the duo in 2008 in Banjul, knowing that Musa Suso may be called as a prosecution witness in the case of Inspector General of Police versus Burama Dibba, deceitfully tried to convince the said Musa Suso to give evidence against Burama Dibba with intent of affecting his testimony.