13 February 2013

Gambia: Drug Convict Appeal Struck Out

The Gambia Court of Appeal presided over by Justice Na Sallah Wadda has struck out the criminal appeal case involving one Ephrain Oguegbunlu and the state.

The appellant, Ephrain Oguegbunlu was convicted and sentenced by the Anti-Narcotics Court for a drug-related offence.

When the case came up yesterday, 12th February 2013, before the said court, the appellant's counsel, Lawyer O. Chuka, having admitted that the appellant had filed a motion, pointed out that there was a new development that the appellant intends to withdraw the appeal.

Lawyer O. Chuka disclosed that there were certain issues that needed to be addressed at the High Court, noting that the appellant wants to go back to the High Court so as to address the said issues.

In moving the application for withdrawal of the appeal, lawyer O. Chuka submitted that the appellant intends to abandon the appeal and applied that it should be struck out.

In her response, state counsel, A.D. Bwala Adeyemi, told the court that the state was not opposing the application for withdrawal of the appellant's appeal.

The presiding judge, Justice Na Sallah Wadda accordingly struck out the appeal.

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