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UDP militant appeals against conviction

Nov 21, 2014, 11:26 AM

Lansana Jobarteh, a militant of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), who was convicted for broadcasting without a licence by the Bundung Magistrates’ Court, Monday filed an appeal at the High Court before Justice Amadi of the Special Criminal Division.

When the case was called, senior counsel Ousainou Darboe said the appellant had travelled to the provinces and had filed a motion to regularize the appeal.

In response, DPP Barkhum said they had been served and were opposing to the appeal, adding that they would file an affidavit in opposition.

The case was adjourned to 16 December 2014, for hearing.

The appellant Lansana Jobarteh was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of D50,000 in default to serve one year in prison.

Lansana Jobarteh, a UDP militant, was charged with broadcasting without a licence contrary to the Information and Communications Act 2009.

The police accused Lansana Jobarteh of attending political rallies of the UDP, on 14 and 15 December 2013, at the Buffer Zone in Tallinding in the Kanifing Municipality, Brikama and diverse places. Whilst at these places, he talked on Skype and using an IPod gave information abroad without a broadcasting licence, they alleged.