The continuous absence of Yusuf, a Gambian-Lebanese in court has become the talk of town as rumour spread that he has fled the country.
Yusuf, a businessman has appealed against the death sentence slapped on him for treason in July last year alongside former defense chief Lang Tombong Tamba and co.
His appeal trial underway at the Appeal Court in Banjul could not proceed for four consecutive sittings as the Lebanese Gambian has not been appearing in court.
On the previous sittings the president of the Court of Appeal Justice Wowo asked about Yusuf’s whereabouts, but neither the state counsel nor the defense commented on his continuous absence in court.
And when the case resumed Wednesday, Justice Wowo did not even ask about Yusuf’s whereabouts.
His defense lawyer, Awa Sisay Sabally told the court that records are still not ready and it was subsequently adjourned till February 11.
Meanwhile, Lang Tombong and co appeal application of additional grounds for appeal was granted by the court as the state counsel raised no objection.
The defense was ordered by the chair judge to file their brief on point of law after receiving the respondent brief within 7 days.
The case resumes February 25.