FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia: Man Charged With False Information and False News

Mr. Lamin Sowe, who is standing trial before Magistrate Momodou M. S Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates' court, was on Wednesday 19th of December charged with two additional counts of "publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public Contrary to Section 59 (1) of the Criminal Code, Laws of the Gambia 2009. He was subsequently remanded by the said court on grounds that investigations are still ongoing on this matter.

The court further ordered for the accused person to have access to a medical doctor regarding his medical condition.

Mr. Sowe was earlier charged with two counts for "Giving false Information contrary to section 114 of the Criminal Code, laws of The Gambia, 2009.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges pressed against him.

Below are the full charges preferred against him

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE in Count 1 indicates giving false information to a public servant Contrary to Section 114 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 10:0 1 Vol III Laws of the Gambia 2009.

The Particulars of Offence indicates that Lamin Sowe (alias Yadine) on or about the 18th day of October 2012 at NIA Headquarters, in the City of Banjul, Republic of the Gambia, you went to the office of Director General of NIA and informed him that you saw a group of people including security personnel off loading rifles from canoes which were hidden at Brufut forest park with intent to overthrow the ruling government of the day on Tobaski day 26th October 2012, the information you knew was false at the time, thereby committed an offence.

Statement of Offence in Count II states: "Giving false information to a public servant Contrary to Section 114 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Vol III Laws of the Gambia 2009".

The Particulars of Offence states: "Lamin Sowe (alias Yadine) on or about the 30th day of October 2012, in the City of Banjul Republic of the Gambia, you went to General Sulayman Badjie, Commander of Republican National Guard and informed him that one Ousman Bojang Director of Analysis unit of NIA Headquarters conspired with the coup plotters in order to overthrow the democratically elected Government of the republic of the Gambia, the information you knew was false at the time, thereby committed an offence.

Count III-Statement of offence states that: Publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the Public Contrary to Section 59(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Vol III Laws of the Gambia 2009.

The Particulars of Offence states that:Lamin Sowe (alias Yadine) on or about the 30th day of October 2012, in the City of Banjul Republic of the Gambia, you went to the NIA office in Banjul and reported to Ousman Bojang the false news that you saw a group of people including security personnel off loading rifles from canoes which were hidden at Brufut forest park with intent to over throw the ruling government of the day on Tobaski day causing fear and alarm to the security network of the Gambia thereby committed an offence

Count IV-Sstatement of Offence indicates: Publication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the Public Contrary to Section 59(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Vol III Laws of the Gambia 2009.

Particulars of Offence states:Lamin Sowe (alias Yadine) on or about the 30th day of October 2012, in the City of Banjul Republic of the Gambia, you falsely reported to General Sulayman Badjie Commander of Republican National Guard that Ousman Bojang the Director of Analysis unit of NIA at the Headquarters in Banjul are conspiring with coup plotters to overthrow the Government of the republic of the Gambia, with the intent to cause fear and alarm to the entire security system of the Gambia, thereby committed an offence.

The case is adjourned to 27th of this month, 2012.

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