Friday, August 10, 2012
Treason Suspect’s Torture Claim Dismissed
The accused coupist Alieu Lowe’s claim that state investigators tortured him to make his voluntary and cautionary statements which the prosecutors wished to tender in court as evidence against him had been rejected.
In a ruling that resets the stage for the trial proper, Emmanuel Nkea, the presiding judge at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul on Monday ruled that Mr Lowe voluntarily made his statements.
This decision marked the end of the legal battle over the admissibility of the statements, which were finally tendered in court.
Abdoulie Njie and Alieu Lowe, both civilians, are on trial in connection with the abortive 2006 attempted coup, allegedly led by the former defence chief, Ndure Cham, who has since fled.
Both Njie and Lowe, who have been in detention since 2006, however, denied charges of concealment of treason – an offence that attracts death penalty.
Moreover, Mr Lowe is also charged with perjury and subornation perjury, but denied any wrong doing.
Author: Binta A Bah