Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ex-GRTS Reporter’s False Information Trial Adjourned

The criminal trial of Dodou Sanneh former reporter of the state owned television, Gambia Radio and Television Services, GRTS which is underway at the Banjul Magistrate’s Court has been adjourned by Magistrate Ma-Nyima Bojang due to the absence of the prosecution witness in court.
Sanneh is facing a one count charged of giving false information to a public officer that he was wrongfully terminated after almost five years.
He found himself in a legal tussle when he wrote a petition to the Office of the President concerning his ‘unlawful’ termination.
Dodou Sanneh denied giving any false information.
When the case resumed yesterday, prosecutor Sainey Joof told the court that his witnesses are not in court.
The accused person, Dodou Sanneh, who is defending himself, did not objected to the prosecution’s application because the magistrate resolutely adjourned the case to July 12, 2011.
The trial magistrate also told the accused to prepare his defense as his side of the story might be heard on the same day.
It could be recalled that Dodou Sanneh, a former reporter  with  GRTS was sacked on September 8, 2006, while covering the presidential campaign for the opposition United Democratic Party, UDP and reinstated within a week, given 20 days working leave, only to be sacked again on 20 November 2006.

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