15 February 2013

Gambia: Lawyer Combeh Gaye's Contempt Appeal Case Proceeds

The criminal appeal matter involving Lawyer Aji Combeh Gaye, a private legal practitioner and the State resumed yesterday, 14th February, 2013 before the Gambia Court of Appeal presided over Justice M. M. Agyemang, Justice Na-Ceesay Sallah-Wadda and Justice Amie Joof.

It could be recalled that the High Court presided over by Justice Mama Fatima Singhateh, found Lawyer Aji Combeh Gaye of contempt of Court in 2011. Dissatisfied with the court's decision, Lawyer Aji Combeh Gaye filed an appeal challenging the decision.

During the court's sitting yesterday, the appellant's counsel, S.B. Janneh informed the court that the matter before the court was not a civil case but a criminal matter. Lawyer Janneh referred the court the records of appeal, and applied to have pages 7-11 (seven to eleven) of the record struck out. He further applied to amend the notice of appeal to incorporate the amended grounds of appeal. Lawyer Janneh also applied that all the processes of the civil appeal be struck out.

The application to amend the criminal appeal 21/2011 from civil appeal was struck out and the Court of Appeal ordered that the appellant serve the State with all the amended processes. The court further ordered that the State file its brief upon the receipt of the appellant's brief.

The matter was adjourned to the 15th April, 2013 for adoption of briefs.

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