Thursday, June 30, 2011

Magistrate Orders Detention of Man Cleared of Drug Charges

Magistrate Alagbe in Banjul on Friday ordered that Mansa Bah, who was cleared of charges of illicit drug trafficking, be remanded pending appeal by the state.
Mansa Bah, who was charged alongside two others for being in possession of over 14 kilograms of cocaine, was declared innocent by the same magistrate on Friday.
The decision came following defense counsel Sherrif Tambedou’s argument that no evidence was produced by the state to link up his client to the allegations.

However, the state counsel, Mam N. Jobe said, he will appeal against the acquittal.
He urged the magistrate to further remand the accused person, who has been under custody ever since his arrest on January l.
Despite lawyer Tambedou’s opposition to continues detention of his client after acquittal, magistrate Alagbe ordered that Mr. Bah be remanded pending the appeal.

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