3 December 2012

Gambia: Appellant Abandons Appeal

One Ebrima Vieux Kolley, a convicted prisoner at the Mile II Prisons has told the Gambia Court of Appeal that he did not wish to pursue his notice of criminal appeal he filed before the said court.

Ebrima Vieux Kolley was convicted and sentenced with some other convicts for terrorism related offences by the High Court in Banjul. Being dissatisfied with the said High Court's judgement, he filed his appeal before the Gambia Court of Appeal.

When the matter came up before the said court, the appellant told the court that he wished to discontinue his appeal, adding that he has eleven months left to complete serving his four years and six months' jail term.

When asked by Justice M.M Agyemang if he would like to pursue his appeal if the court appoints a legal counsel to represent him, the appellant replied in the negative insisting that he wants to serve the remaining prison term. Further asked if he has friends at the Mile II Prisons, the appellant replied in the affirmative.

When asked whether he was abandoning his appeal because he did not want to miss his friends at the Mile II Prisons, the appellantremained mute for sometime, and then told the court that he wants to abandon his appeal.

The court then struck out the said appeal and the appellant was taken back to Mile II Prisons.

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