Absence of state witness hinders Lang Conteh trial


The lawyer for the accused Lamin Mboge yesterday reminded the court that since the commencement of the trial about four months ago, the case had always been adjourned at the instance of the prosecution and prayed that the court close the prosecution’s case.  

“I did intimate to this court that if they fail to produce their witness on the next adjourned date, I would apply for this court to foreclose the prosecution’s case,” Lawyer Mboge had told the court when the case resumed on December 4.

Mr Conteh is being tried by the state on a charge of theft for allegedly stealing the sum of D1, 538,804.95 from the coffers of the Kanilai Family Farm, while serving as the manager at the time.


He however denied any wrongdoing when he was initially arraigned before Magistrate Lamin Mbye before his case was taken over by Magistrate Dawda Jallow.  On August 4, last year he was admitted to a bail bond in the sum of D2 million with two Gambian sureties one of whom was asked to deposit a title deed within the Greater Banjul Area.

Meanwhile the defence’s application for the court to bar the prosecution from calling further witnesses was dismissed when the case was mentioned yesterday and adjourned to January 23.