Feb 1, 2012, 1:08 PM
When the case was called, the trial magistrate said the case was set for hearing, and the accused was present but there was no state representation.
The case had already been adjourned three times, she said, adding that the prosecution was at fault because the court sits at 9 am and there was no prosecutor in the courtroom by that time.
She, therefore, struck out the case and discharged the accused person.
According to the charge sheet, the former minister of Lands, Lamin Waa Juwara, sometime in 2012 at Sinchu village in the West Coast Region, being an employee of the Gambia Government as minister of Local Government, Lands and Regional Administration, abused the authority of his office in a manner prejudicial to the Alkalo (village head) and the elders of Jamburr village by creating Sinchu Gidom as a village and appointed one Baboucarr Sillah as an Alkalo of the said village, knowing that Sinchu Gidom is a Kabilo within Jamburr village.