Thursday, June 30, 2011

Director of Physical Planning Ends Testimony in Richards’ Case

Moses Richards

Momodou Dunkung Colley, director of Physical Planning on Monday ended testimony at the Banjul Magistrate’s Court in the false information and sedition trial involving lawyer Moses Richards.
The former judge, now private lawyer is alleged to have told a court official that the office of the president ordered a stay of execution of a writ of possession in a civil suit; thus gave false information to a public servant and brought contempt into the person of the president of the republic.

Mr Colley, the fourth defense witness said, he had a telephone conversation with the accused person when the alkalo of Jabang village called him to clarify whether he (Colley) was part of the panel.
“The alkalo came to my office to report the incident and I told him it is not my mandate,” Colley testified, adding that he asked the village headman to seek the services of a lawyer to help him out.
Colley added that the report of the panel, which included the then chief justice and then local government minister was never finalised.
He said, the panel was tasked to look into the matter, but not to stop the execution of any court order.”

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