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Trial of Bakary B. Baldeh and others suffers setback

Apr 13, 2011, 2:23 PM | Article By: Dawda Faye

The case involving Bakary B. Baldeh, a journalist at West Coast Radio, Lamin Drammeh, Lamin Tamba, Almamy Jagne and Bakary Njie, caddies at the Fajara Golf Club, could not proceed yesterday before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

This development followed the application made by Inspector Mballow, who was holding brief for Superintendent Camara, the prosecuting officer, to adjourn the case.

Inspector Mballow told the court that Superintendent Camara telephoned him, and told him that he was proceeding on his annual leave, and did not hand over the case file to him.

He added that he was informed that a witness was to testify in the continuation of the hearing, stating that he was not in a position to lead the witness.

He further said that he was not present when the first witness was testifying, and was not familiar with the case.

He went on to say that Superintendent Camara would decide who the case would be transferred to.

His application to adjourn the case was granted by Magistrate Tabally, when there was no objection by the defence.

The case was consequently adjourned to 28 April 2011, for continuation.

It would be recalled that the accused persons were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and prohibition of conduct conducive to the breaches of the peace, charges they all denied.

Pap Cheyassin Secka represented the third and fourth accused persons, while Lawyer Camara represented the fifth accused person.