Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ex-Lawmaker, Soldier’s Drug Case Proceeds

The drug trial involving an ex-National Assembly member and a former military personnel will tomorrow proceed with the testimony of the latter.
Dawda Manneh, a former ruling party parliamentarian for Nianija constituency and Demba Baldeh, a former soldier were allegedly found in possession of over 9 kilograms of cannabis, an illicit drug they intend to traffic.
Both pleaded not guilty to the two counts: drug trafficking and conspiracy.
The trial that began since 2008, but faced some stalemate is now coming closer to end.
The former lawmaker on Wednesday completed his testimony before magistrate Taiwo Ade Alagbe of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
He denied having had knowledge of the cannabis in his vehicle. The cannabis, he said, belongs to his co-accused, Demba Baldeh, he lifted in his vehicle at Brusubi up till .. where they were arrested.
When Demba was asked to open defense on Wednesday, his lawyer urged the court to adjourn the case for her to familiarise herself with the matter.
The trial continues on April 28.

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