Three of the six women supporters of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) who are facing seven counts charges including unlawful assembly, riot and incitement of violence, have been discharged by Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court following state counsel SK Jobe’s application for the withdrawal of the charges against them yesterday.
The charges against Isatou Saidy (1st accused person), Fatoumatta Sarr (5th accused person) and Amie Touray (6th accused person) were accordingly withdrawn after state counsel Jobe applied for their withdrawal pursuant to Section 68 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
In compliance with the order of the High Court, the presiding magistrate also transferred the case of Kaddy Samateh and Lele Bojang, two other accused persons among the six to the High Court.
Magistrate Abeke also ordered for an arrest warrant for Sukai Dahaba (4th accused person) and her surety Momodou Dahaba anywhere they are seen.
The magistrate had earlier ordered for the arrest of Momodou Dahaba, surety of the 4th accused person but the state counsel said the surety could not be seen despite several attempts to get him.
“On the recognition of Momodou Dahaba of Latri-Kunda German, we called his phone number but to no avail. We tried to identify the compound where he lives and the restaurant where he works but we were constrained because there is no street or house number to locate him,” state counsel Jobe said.
Jobe then made three applications: To transfer the matters of Kaddy Samateh and Lele Bojang to the High Court for them to face similar charges, withdraw charges against the 1st, 5th and 6th accused persons and an application for an arrest warrant on the 4th accused person and her surety.
Magistratre Abeke accordingly granted the three applications and adjourned the case pending the arrest of Sukai Dahaba and her surety.
Isatou Saidy, Kaddy Samateh Lele Bojang, Sukai Dahaba, Fatoumatta Sarr and Amie Touray are facing seven counts charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, unlawful assembly, riot, incitement of violence, riotously interfering with vehicles, holding procession without a permit and disobeying an order to disperse from an unlawful procession. They all denied the allegations.
by Meita Touray