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Defence asks prosecution to close case in Lang Conteh trial

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According to lawyer Mboge, since the commencement of the trial, the case has been stalling for three consecutive times all at the instance of the prosecution and since then they have not presented any other witnesses without any tangible reasons.

When the matter was called yesterday afternoon before magistrate Dawda Jallow, lawyer Mboge pronounced his appearance for Mr Conteh while there was no representation for the state.

Lawyer Mboge then stood and argued that he could not wait indefinitely while the prosecution shows no sign of calling their witnesses and therefore urged the court to order for the prosecution to close its case and allow his client to enter his defence.

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Mr Conteh is standing trial on a single count of theft. He appeared in court on July 7 this year and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge and was consequently remanded in prison at Mile II.

When the case resumed on August 4, he was granted bail in the sum of D2 million with two Gambian sureties. 

According to the bill of indictment Mr Conteh stole D1, 538,804.95 from Kanalai Family Farm. He however denied any culpability but was consequently remanded in prison prior to his release on bail. Mr Conteh was the former head of forex at the central bank of The Gambia prior to his appointment as a manager of Kanilai Family Farm. The case resumes December 16 for ruling.

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