Sunday, January 9, 2011

Jankey Samateh’s Judgment Rescheduled for Today

A gloomy look could clearly be seen on Jankey Samateh’s face after she was told that the judgment will be delivered today January 10 instead of the previously scheduled date of January 7, 2011.

Jankey Samateh, a married woman in her 40s, was expecting to know her fate on Friday January 7, 2011 after spending more than six months in remand for allegedly securing a bail for his brother Sillaba Samateh from intelligence officers.

The reason(s) for not delivering the judgment on January 7 was not clear to this reporter, but both the state and defense counsels were in court.

Sister to alleged drug dealer, Sillaba Samateh, who was testifying against former Police chief Ensa Badjie, first appeared at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, Tuesday, August 10, 2011 charged with aiding her brother’s escape from state custody and facilitated his escape to Holland. . She is blamed for the disappearances of her brother after she posted a bond of D200, 000 dalasi to facilitate the release of Mr. Samateh.

She denied the charges.

Jankey opened her defense last month. She informed the court that she was married 20 years ago and that she has children and knows how to take care of her family. She also said she didn’t know why his brother was at the NIA. "I don't know, because I don't know what he did," she revealed, adding if his brother’s freedom was seized it would cause their family sadness.

The defence suffered a severe blow when its application for bail was denied by the court.

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