High Court Registrar ordered to facilitate provision of legal counsel for accused in Coco Ocean trial
Friday, May 11, 2012
Justice Abdulahi Mikailu of the High Court in Banjul has ordered that the Principal Registrar of the High Court make proper arrangement to provide one of Coco Ocean Hotel suspects, Muhammed Carew with a legal counsel.
Justice Mikailu made this order after the said court ascertained that the said suspect Muhammed Carew had still not secured the services of a legal counsel in the criminal matter involving the state against him (Muhammed Carew) and Modou Jaw. The court was however informed that Lawyer L.K Mboge was representing the 2nd accused person, Modou Jaw.
Lawyer Mboge who informed the court that he had been served with the information, pointed out that the court is constrained due to the fact that the 1st accused Muhammed Carew cannot take his plea without proper legal advice.
Justice Mikailu however disclosed that due to the nature of the offence and the 1st accused having failed to get a legal counsel, the court cannot proceed with the trial. Justice Mikailu therefore ordered that the principal registrar of the High Court make proper arrangement to provide the 1st accused Muhammed Carew with legal counsel before the next adjournment date, 11th May 2012.
Author: Sidiq Asemota