Saturday, August 24, 2013
Suspect in Custody for Two Years without Trial,Judge says it’s Unfair
Two years on Musa Faal is still in custody without trial since the case file was transferred to the High Court from the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
And when the case came up yesterday, Justice Nkea wanted to discharge the accused but the prosecution pleaded to be given one week to file proper charges.
“The counsel assign for the case is out the jurisdiction but I’m urging you to give us one week and we will file a charge” O Danso said.
“It is not fair,” Nkea said, “this man has been in mile two for more than a year and he’s not guilty yet.”
However, the defense counsel, Sagarr Jahateh told the court that the accused has been in prison for two year and not one year.
Finally, Nkea said he will discharge the accused if the state did not bring proper charge against him next Tuesday.
“Should the state fail to press charges and called witnesses, I shall discharge the accused from custody” he says.
Author: Binta A Bah