20 November 2012

Gambia: Lawyer's Absence Hinders Bulldozer Officer's Case

The case involving Mr, Musa B. Sanneh, an ex officer working under the so-called 'Operation Bulldozer' security unit , did not proceed yesterday at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court due to the absence of the accused person's defence counsel Barrister Mosses Richards.

When the case was mentioned in court, the presiding magistrate asked the accused why his lawyer was not in court and he (accused) responded that he (lawyer) was in court but left and said he will be coming back at 12 noon.

At this stage, the police prosecutor Sergeant Jammeh informed the Court that this is the third adjournment in the matter and that his witnesses are always in court.

The magistrate advised the accused person to always be in touch with his lawyer, stressing that it is not fair for the witnesses to be coming and going without the case proceeding.

"If the case does not proceed at the next adjourned date then I will be left with no option but to discharge the witness," said Magistrate Tabally. Sanneh, an ex Operation Bulldozer officer, is standing trial at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court charged with various criminal counts ranging from abuse of office, corrupt practices and destroying evidence.

The accused denied all the charges.

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