Lawyer says Sedition Case Threatens Accused’s Employment

Lawyer says Sedition Case Threatens Accused’s Employment

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The defence counsel of three men who are standing charges of sedition and incitement allegations before Magistrate Momdou Jallow of the Bundung Magistrates’ Court has expressed concern over the slow pace of the trial, saying one of his client’s employment is at risk due to the case.

Counsel Abdoulie Fatty is defending Ebrima Keita, Musa Fofana and Alasana Jallow on charge of uttering a statement on 11th May 2016 at Sukuta that The Gambia is on a boiling point that all opposition sympathisers should join and make a big demonstration so that the security would not be able to contain the public.

Defence counsel Fatty said one of his clients has been already warn by his employer that if he continue to be absent at work, it would compel them to terminate his services. The defence counsel appealed to the court to help speed up the trial, maintaining that very little progress was made in the case since its commencement.

Magistrate Jallow however disagreed with the counsel’s assertion that little progress was made in the case, saying progress was made in the case.

The magistrate adjourned the case to 25th and 26th October respectively to allow the prosecution to get its witness in court.

by Modou Kanteh