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Trial of Senegalese nationals adjourned

Dec 4, 2015, 10:48 AM | Article By: Yai Dibba

The trial involving Jegan Joof and three others, all Senegalese nationals, on Tuesday resumed at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke.

However, the matter could not proceed, as the police prosecutor, Sub inspector Gibba, was not in court due to ill-health, the court was told.

The defence counsel, lawyer Combeh Gaye, told the court that she had no objection to the application made by the junior prosecutor, Sgt O. Touray, who held brief for Sub inspector Gibba.

She further told the court that the prosecutor should be ready to proceed with the matter on the next adjourned date, because the accused persons are Senegalese.

They came all the way from Senegal to attend the court sitting, she said, adding that any time the case was adjourned, they would return to Senegal and come back for the next sitting.

One of the accused persons was sick, but he came all the way from Senegal to attend the court sitting, she added.

Counsel urged the court to give time for the said accused person to go for treatment before the next adjournment date.

The matter was then adjourned to 14 December 2015, for hearing.

It would be recalled that the accused persons were on 26 February 2015, at Tanji village in Kombo South district of the West Coast Region, alleged to have conspired to import fish into The Gambia.

It was also alleged that on the same day and place, they were found with a large quantity of fish, brought illegally to The Gambia for the purpose of selling.