The vacation judge at the Banjul High Court yesterday set the bail applications filed for three out of the accused persons of the former officials of The Gambia National Petroleum Corporation trial, for ruling.
Justice Ogar Edward Eneji adjourned the bail applications of Sira Wally Ndow-Njai, Noah Touray and Momodou OS Badjie to 30th and 31st August 2016 as applied by each of them through their defence counsels.
Lawyer LS Camara announced his representation for Momodou OS Badjie and applied to adopt his brief of argument dated 16th August 2016. He said he already served the brief to the state as respondent in the case.
The state counsel, A Mendy acknowledged the state’s receipt of the defence brief and had also filed and served its reply, dated 17th August 2016.
The presiding judge adjourned the matter to 30th August 2016 for ruling and urged the defence and the state counsel to submit the authorities they intend to rely on.
Lawyer L Farage also announced her presentation for Noah Touray and said she filed and served her brief on 15th August 2016, saying she now intends to adopt the said brief.
State counsel Mendy said the state had also filed and served its brief dated 16th August 2016. The case was also adjourned to 30th August 2016 for ruling.
Lawyer Ida Drammeh stood for Sira Wally Ndow-Njai. She said she had filed and served her brief dated 16th August 2016 and wishes to adopt the said brief while sate counsel Mendy said the state had filed and served its brief dated 16th August 2016. The presiding judge adjourned the matter to 31st August 2016 for ruling.
Defence counsel Ida Drammeh then drew the court’s attention to the ill health of her client (Sira Wally Ndow-Njai) expressing the need for the matter to be dealt with within the shortest possible time.
He suggested for the matter to resume this coming Thursday but the presiding judge overruled that suggestion on grounds of the court’s busy schedules.
by Sanna Jawara