12 June 2014

Gambia: Ex-AG's Sickness Hampers His Ongoing Trials

Two out of the four criminal trials involving the state against Lamin AMS Jobarteh, the jailed former attorney general and minister of Justice, Tuesday failed to proceed before the High Court in Banjul, presided over by Justice Mikialu Abdulahi, due to a sickness as stated by his lawyer.

When the court clerk mentioned the matter in which the accused is defending five (5) counts of criminal charges for the continuation of hearing, the defense counsel for the accused person, lawyer Borry S Touray informed the court that his client has been suffering from malaria for three days now.

He further revealed to the court that Magistrate Hilary Abeke of the Banjul Magistrates' Court had ordered for his (Lawyer Touray) client to be taken to the hospital for treatment and that due to his client's illness he applied for an adjournment.

The director of public prosecution (DPP) did not object to the application made by the defense and thus prayed for the accused person's speedy recovery.

The case was subsequently adjourned to the 26th June 2014. Meanwhile, the accused person's three-count trial could not also proceed due to the same reason advanced by the lawyer and the trial was also adjourned to the same date.

The former AG is separately defending criminal charges ranging from three-counts of abuse of office, to two counts of forcible entry on the five count trial, while on the three-count case he is facing two-counts of economic crime and for operating a business without a license, all offences contrary to the laws of the Gambia.

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