14 February 2013

Gambia: Ex Justice Joseph Wowo Case Withdrawn? We Need Confirmation

The alleged false information trial involving the former president of The Gambia Court of Appeal, Justice Joseph Wowo was on12 of February, 2013 heard in the chambers of acting Principal Magistrate Dawda Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates' Court.

Readers would recall that when the case was called for hearing, Sergeant Almameh Manga applied to make an amendment to the charge sheet with additional charges but defence counsel Emmanuel E. Chime informed the court that he has a matter before the court of appeal and would therefore like the matter be stood down to 12:30 Pm.

The application for a stand down was upheld by the trial Magistrate to 11: am.

When the case resumed at around 11:20 am for hearing, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Hadi Saleh Barkum announced his appearance for the State and applied for the court to entertain them in chambers which was not opposed by the defence.

The application for the matter to be heard in chambers was granted. The media was kept out of the scene.

This reporter is informed that the state has filed Nolle prosequoi and has withdrawn the case but all effort to get the information from the court clerk or magistrate proved futile up to the time of going to press. This reporter will seek confirmation today.

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