May 30, 2017, 10:13 AM
The Special Criminal Court in
The convicted persons are Alasana prosper Sambou and Ousman Jarju. Malua Badjie was discharged and acquitted.
Justice Ikpala, in delivering his judgment, stated that the prosecution called 11 witnesses and tendered several exhibits in support of their case.
He said after the closure of the prosecution’s case, the defence filed a no-case-to-answer submission, which led to the acquittal of 12 accused persons.
He also said the court ordered the rest to enter into their defence, adding that only the ninth accused person opened his defence, and the two others refused to open their defence.
Still in his judgment, Justice Ikpala stated that the tenth accused person entered The Gambia to treat his younger brother and nothing else, adding that he was of the view that the 8th, and the 11th accused persons were travelling together with arms and ammunition, which were recovered from them.
For the fact that the ninth accused opened his defence, the judge said he found him not guilty, and subsequently discharged him.
He added that there was enough evidence against the 8th and 11th accused persons, which linked them to the charges preferred against them.
The court consequently found them guilty, as charged.