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Trial of NIA, NDEA officers adjourned

Oct 4, 2011, 12:48 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The criminal trial involving senior officers of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and a member of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) could not proceed yesterday at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court before Principal Magistrate Tabally.

The accused persons are Lamin Darboe of the NIA, Edrisa Jobe alias Alagie Morr, former head of the special operations unit at the NIA, Ebrima Drammeh, NDEA commissioner Kanifing Division and Omar Jammeh alias Boy Boots officer commanding NIA West Coast Region.

They are being tried on two counts of wounding with intent to do grievous harm, conspiracy and common assault.

When the case was called, defence counsel L. Farage told the court that the case was for continuation of the hearing.

However, the trial magistrate informed the court that the state counsel came to inform the court that he had another matter at the Brikama court.

The case was subsequently adjourned till 13 October 2011.

It would be recalled that it was alleged that the accused persons, in May 2009 at the NIA head office in Banjul had with intent to do some grievous harm to Lamin Kabou wounded Lamin Kabou by beating him with fist blows, an electric cable and metals.

The charges further stated that in May 2009 at the NIA head office in Banjul, they conspired among themselves to cause injuries to the persons of Lamin Kabou and Lamin Sima.