Ramadan saves alkalo from going to Mile 2
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Magistrate Abeke of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court has said that he put the Holy month of Ramadan into consideration, if not he would have sent the alkalo of Pirang Berending, Molamin Touray, to prisonon remand for at least three months.
magistrate’s statement came as the alkalo, who is serving as a police witness
in the Imamship dispute in his village refused to answer certain questions from
defence counsel Borry Touray. When
counsel Touray asked the alkalo whether he was there when the Supreme Islamic
Council reached a decision over the Imamship, the witness responded in the
affirmative. The defence counsel then asked him what was the Supreme Islamic
Council’s decision on the matter.
But the alkalo replied that he did not know
the decision of the Council on the matter. Counsel Touray insisted that the
alkalo must tell the court since he was at the meeting with the Council, but
Molamin Touray again said that he did not know the final decision of the
juncture Lawyer Borry Touray applied to the court to remand the witness until
he is ready to tell the court the truth. Touray went further to say that the
law provides that if a witness refuses to tell the court the truth, that
witness could be punished.
magistrate looked at the relevant section of the law, he told the alkalo that
he would be spending three months in prison if he refuses to tell the truth. Magistrate
Abeke, however, said he has taken the month of Ramadan into cognizance and will
not remand the alkalo. But he warned the prosecutor to guide his witness in the
The case was adjourned to 1 August 2012.
Author: Modou Kanteh