A team of four defence lawyers led by Antouman Gaye had filed a no-case-submission, requesting the lower court to acquit the defendants Buyeh Touray and Muhideen Hydara, an application which the state objected.
In his ruling, the trial magistrate, Omar Cham, said he was convinced that the state had proved the essential ingredients required to pursue further with the matter.
He then ordered Caliph Hydara and Alkalo Touray to open their defence when the case resumes February 5.
Hydara and Touray stand accused of disobedience to lawful order when they observed the Muslims feast of Koriteh a day after the state-sanctioned day. Both pleaded not guilty and were bailed in August in the sum of D100,000 each, after spending two nights in police custody.
The defence lawyers include Antouman Gaye, Lamin Camara, Lamin Mboge and Borry Touray while chief inspector, Camara, appears for the Inspector General of Police.]]>