More charges for alledge US escaped prisoner
Thursday, April 10, 2008
More charges of criminal offences continue to be slammed against Mr Christopher Badjie, a man bearing five different names on different bank accounts with different banks through out the Gambia.
The latest count prefered against Mr Christopher Badjie Alias the five other subsequent names is of using a South African international Passport at the Banjul International Airport contrary to criminal code laws of the Gambia.
The latest charge made the total charges of criminal offences prefered against the accused to 22 counts.
When the case was mentioned yesterday before the principal magistrate B.Y Camara at the Banjul magistrates court, Buba Bojang state counsel, who deputised for the DPP informed the court of the prosecution's intention to substituted the charged sheet to add an additional one count thus made total of 22 counts of criminal offence prefered against the accused.
Edu Gomez, defence counsel for the accused Christopher Badjie, raised no objection to the prosecution's application but was quick to say that he just learned in court about the prosecution's intention to substitute the charges.
The state counsel further informed the court that, the prosecution has received a letter from the surety of the accused expressing his intention to withdraw as the surety.
Responding to the submission of the defence counsel, lawyer Edu Gomez, expressed the need for speedy trial of the case. The state counsel Buba Bojang applied for a an adjourntment noting that, investigations are still on going.
Principal magistrate granted applications of the state counsel and in respect to the withdrawal of the accused surity.
Magistrate Camara urged the defence to either provide a new surety and remanded the accused in mile two until the next adjourned date April 23rd 2008 for continuation.
Author: by Sanna Jawara