Sedition Case Proceeds in Voir Dire

Sedition Case Proceeds in Voir Dire




The alleged sedition trial involving Ebrima Keita, Musa Fofana and Alasana Jallow yesterday proceeded in Voir Dire (a preliminary examination of a witness) before Magistrate Momodou Jallow at the Bundung Magistrates’ Court.

The case continued with the testimony of Mbaye Bojang, the first prosecution witness, who began his testimony during the last sitting.

In his testimony in yesterday’s sitting, Bojang narrated that on 19th May this year, he was passing at the HOLGAM office where he found one Trawally standing at the gate. He said Trawally approached him and asked for his assistance but he later came to know that he (Trawally) is a Police Officer. He recounted that when he went inside; he met the accused persons in a big room with other people, whom he said he does not know. He said there were some police and military officers present.

The witness said while inside the HOLGAM office, Trawally brought the cautionary and voluntary statements of the accused persons and read them in English and interpreted them in Mandinka to the accused persons and they all accepted their liability before appending their signatures on them. He said he (Bojang) too signed the statements as an independent witness.

According to him, Trawally told him (Bojang) that he did not obtain the statements from the accused persons forcefully.

The police prosecuting officer, Assistant Superintendent Keita applied to tender the cautionary and voluntary statements for identification purpose without any objection by the defence counsel.

The case is adjourned to Thursday 11th August for continuation.

by Modou Kanteh