Thursday, July 28, 2011
Disowned Lawmaker’s Drug Case Reaches Climax
After three years of legal battle, the drug trial involving a former National Assembly member for Nianija constituency in Central River Region and former military officer is near conclusion.
Disowned by his ruling-APRC party in the wake of the drug saga, Dawda Manneh and Demba Baldeh are charged with possession and trafficking of illicit drug – cannabis - but pleaded not guilty.
When the case resumed on Monday July 18, 2011 at the Banjul Magistrate’s Court, the defense counsel has been given seven days to make final argument. That would be followed by the state lawyer seven days later before the magistrate will decide the fate of the two men, who dissociated themselves from over 9 kilograms of illicit drugs discovered in the vehicle of the former lawmaker. The former military officer was onboard.
Nine witnesses to the alleged crime testified against the accused persons.
The case resumes Wednesday, August 3.