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D-Day in Lasana Jobarteh trial waits for another day

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Magistrate, Isatou Janneh was billed to deliver the judgment yesterday after failing to do so on an earlier scheduled date.

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However, the police prosecutor, Corporal Jarju told The Standard that the magistrate was attending a workshop and the judgment will be delivered on July 10. This was confirmed by the court clerk.

This is the second time the judgment has been adjourned. It was first scheduled for June 19 but the lawyer for the accused, Ousainou Darboe, told journalists that the magistrate informed him that the judgment was not ready. 

Lasana Jobarteh, 59, is on trial on a count of broadcasting without a licence at the Bundung Magistrates Court. He is accused of giving information abroad using Skype while attending the opposition United Democratic Party political rallies at Buffer Zone in the Kanifing municipality and Brikama and other places without a broadcasting licence. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Two witnesses, both National Intelligence Agency officers testified for the prosecution. The defendant has also given evidence and his lawyer has stated that none of them linked his client to the said offence in his address in court.

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