Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ex Minister and Co’s Treason Trial Adjourned

accused persons
Justice Emmaneal Nkea yesterday withdrew his promise to proceed with the treason trial involving former minister, after defense lawyer, Lamin Camara made his medical reports available to show that his is ill.
On Tuesday, Justice Nkea had promised to continue with the trial with or without a defense lawyer after the lawyer for the accused persons, Lamin S. Camara was absent for the second time.
Lawyer Camara was reported to have undergone medical operation, but he presiding judge argued that, though he received a letter from lawyer Camara seeking for four weeks adjournment that he is sick, he said, no medical report was issued to court to confirm his sickness.
“Having read through the medical report sent to the court by Mr L.S Camara, and having listened to the learned DPP, I am minded in the interest of justice to further have the matter adjourned to November 1…” he however said yesterday.
Dr Janneh, former communication minister is charged with treason, conspiracy and sedition alongside Michel C. Ucheh Thomas, Modou Keita and Ebrima Jallow for allegedly printing and distributing T-Shirts bearing the inscription: ‘Coalition for Change The Gambia, End to Dictatorship Now.’
The accused persons could not however enter the plea ever since the matter was transferred to Special Criminal Court in June this year.

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