NCO 1 Jawla, a prosecuting officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, last Wednesday told a Kanifing Magistrates’ Court that his proposed witness, Ebrima Bojang who is also the ‘Star’ witness in the drug trial of Ousman Bojang and Ebrima Badjie could not be reached.
The prosecutor added that the proposed witness’s absence could affect the case if they should close it without the court hearing evidence of the material witness.
The two accused persons are standing trial before Magistrate Blessed, on charges of conspiracy and drug trafficking. They maintained an innocence plea since the beginning of the trial. They are still in remand since the lower court lacks the jurisdiction to grant them bail.
The prosecution has so far called 9 witnesses in the trial, 8 of whom are narcotic officers. The 9th witness, who last testified, was regarded by the court as a hostile witness.
On the last adjourned date, the prosecution applied for a court sermon to be served on the said ‘star’ witness to enable them secure his attendance in court. The application was granted by the court and the sermon was issued for it to be served on the witness.
In Wednesday’s hearing, however, the attendance of the said witness could not secured by the prosecution after a sermon was issued. The prosecutor told the court that the witness is a civilian and is said to be in the provinces. He added that the sermon issued was sent to the narcotic station where the case emanated from and officers there are doing their best to provide the witness. He further applied for an adjournment of the matter.
His adjournment application was objected to by the two accused persons who told the court that several adjournments have been granted to the prosecution. They said they are remand prisoners and need progress in their case.
The presiding magistrate later foreclosed the prosecution’s case and adjourned the matter to 29th November for ruling on whether the prosecution has made a prima facie case against the two accused persons.
by Meita Touray