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‘Taranga FM MD has case to answer’

Feb 17, 2016, 9:44 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

Justice Abi of the Banjul High Court yesterday overruled the no-case-to-answer submission of Taranga FM MD Alajie Abdoulie Ceesay, and called on him to open his defence.

The accused is being tried on a seven-count charge of seditious intention.

When the case was called, the DPP appeared for the state while defence counsel Combeh Gaye-Coker appeared for the accused.

Delivering his ruling, the trial Judge, Justice Abi said: “I have reviewed the evidence before me and submissions made by both counsel, and I am convinced that the prosecution has laid a prima facie case against the accused for him to offer an explanation. I, therefore, overruled the no-case-to-answer submission and call on the accused to enter his defence.”

He added that the case would now be heard on a daily basis.

The case was then adjourned until 22 February, and other sittings are scheduled for 23, 24, 25 and 29 February 2016.

It would be recalled that the accused was charged with 7 counts of seditious intention, which he denied.

The prosecution in proving their case called four witnesses.

PW2 Fatou A. Drammeh, who was said to be out of the court jurisdiction by the DPP, had given evidence in court, but the defence counsel did not finish cross-examining her.

The judge, however, ruled that he would admit her evidence, but the weight attached to it would be determined at the end of the trial.

The accused was denied bail three times at the high court, presided over by justice Abi and Balarabe.

At the close of the prosecution’s case, the defence made it known to the court that they intended to file a no-case-to-answer submission.