Court Urges Prosecution to Proceed in Ex Justice Minister’s Abuse of Office...

Court Urges Prosecution to Proceed in Ex Justice Minister’s Abuse of Office Case

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Magistrate Elizabeth Dunn of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court has urged the state prosecutor prosecuting the abuse of office trial involving Gambia’s former Attorney General and Minister of Justice to proceed with his case on the next adjourned date.

Former justice minister Lamin AMS Jobarteh is alleged to have acted on powers of his office and instructed Ms. Anna Dibba, state counsel at the Special Litigation Department to effect a withdrawal of a legal suit against Muhammed Kebbeh and Alhagie Ash John in the month of May, 2012 at the Ministry of Justice in Banjul. The case was said to be under trial before the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrate Dunn made the declaration when state prosecutor M Faye informed the court the new prosecutor who has been assigned to take the prosecution of the case was out of the jurisdiction and she applied for an adjournment. The case was set for cross-examination of the third prosecution witness Musa Jarju.

The presiding Magistrate granted the prosecutor’s application and for the adoption of a document sought to be tendered by the witness and continuation of the witness’s cross-examination. She equally urged the state to ensure that the case proceed on the next adjourned date, saying it has suffered several setback.

by Lama S Jallow