The Abuse of office trial involving the state against Lamin AMS Jobarteh, the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice on Wednesday failed to proceed at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court presided over by Magistrate Elizabeth Dun.
The court was supposed to proceed with the continuation of cross examination of the third prosecution witness (PW3) Musa Jarju, the state counsel Lamin Jarju who was present in court informed the court that he was not aware of the case he is not the actual prosecutor taking conduct of the case.
He added that the state counsel A Bah who is in the matter is out of the jurisdiction and consequently applied for an adjournment since the matter was at prosecution stage and the said witness was not in court.
At that juncture the case was adjourned to 5th October 2016 for hearing.
It could be recalled that the accused person was charged with abuse of office contrary to the Laws of the Gambia. The according to the particulars of offence, the accused person in the month of May 2012 in Banjul, whilst being employed as Attorney General and Minister of Justice acted on powers of his office and instructed Ms Anna Dibba a state counsel at the Special Litigation Department to effect a withdrawal of a legal suit the State vs. Muhammed Kebbeh and Alhagie Ash John that was before the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
by Awa Gassama