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Trial of four Gambians and two Guineans suffers another setback

Aug 4, 2014, 9:33 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

The trial of Sheikh Dawda York, Ebrima Kebbeh, Demba Sowe, Kemo Fatty, all Gambians, and Oumie Saffiatou Jallow and Alpha Kanteh, Guineans, failed to proceed on 31 July 2014, before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

They are facing three counts of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and cheating. They denied the allegations.

When the case was mentioned, Lawyer Moses Richards stood up and told the court he was representing Ebrima Kebbeh and Demba Sowe, adding that he was holding brief for Lawyer Marong, counsel for Kemo Fatty.

He said his instruction from Lawyer Marong was that he was going to write a letter because he was sick.

The prosecuting officer, Sergeant 1781 Kinteh, rose and told the court the case was for the continuation of hearing of the first prosecution witness who travelled out of the jurisdiction.

He applied to interpose the evidence of the first prosecution witness. He stated that because of the absence of Sheikh Dawda York, he would apply for an adjournment at the instance of the defence. The case was adjourned till 12 August 2014.

In another development, a sister case involving Oumie Saffiatou Jallow, Kemo Fatty, Sheikh Dawda York, Musa Bah (at large), Mansa Bah, Cherno Amidou Savage (at large), Ousman Sowe, Abdou Camara (at large) and Alpha Kanteh could not also proceed on 31 July 2014, before Magistrate Tabally.

When the case was mentioned, Moses Richards told the court he was representing Ousman Sowe and was holding brief for Lawyer Tambedou, counsel for Musa Bah and Cherno Amidou Savage.

Lawyer Batchilly made his representation for Oumie Saffiatou Jallow.

Moses Richards then told the court the absence of Cherno Amidou Savage was due to ill-health, adding that he had gone under operation in Dakar, and further stated that he was informed by Lawyer Tambedou.

The prosecuting officer, Inspector Touray, rose and told the court that a medical paper should have been presented to the court.

He said his witness was in the courtroom to continue his testimony.

The case was adjourned till 12 August 2014.

The prosecutors filed two counts of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence against the accused persons, which they denied.

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