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State to file briefs in UDP national treasurer appeal

Feb 27, 2015, 10:17 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

The appeal case filed by the United Democratic Party (UDP) National Treasurer, Amadou Sanneh, was yesterday adjourned for the state to file their briefs before a three-member panel of judges of The Gambia Court of Appeal headed by Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle, and including Justice Sallah-Wadda and Justice Awa Bah.

When the case was called, senior defence Counsel Ousainou Darboe told the court they were there for the adoption of briefs but were not yet served with the respondent’s briefs.

In response, MB Abubakar, for the respondent, said he was served with the applicant’s briefs on 17 February 2015.

He asked for extension of time for them to file their briefs.

The trial judge said they could not extend the time because if they did, it would be more than 21 days.

Senior Counsel Darboe informed the court that the 21 days given to the respondent had not expired yet.

The case was then adjourned till 19 March 2015, for adoption of briefs.

Amadou Sanneh is challenging the decision of the Special Criminal Court that convicted and sentenced him to five years in prison on 18 December 2013.

It would be recalled that the state in count one accused Amadou Sanneh (National Treasurer of the United Democratic Party), that sometime in September 2013 in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, he conspired with others to commit an act with seditious intention, and thereby committed an offence.

Count two stated that Amadou Sanneh (National Treasurer of United Democratic Party) sometime in September 2013, with intent to bring hatred or contempt or excite disaffection against the person of the President of The Republic of The Gambia or the Government of The Gambia, printed a malicious document titled “ATTESTATION” on a letterhead paper of the United Democratic Party (UDP), and thereby committed an offence.

The state in count four further accused Amadou Sanneh (National Treasurer of the United Democratic Party) that sometime in September 2013, he falsely made a declaration before one Bakary Baldeh, a commissioner of oaths, with the knowledge that the said declaration was false, and thereby committed an offence.

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