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Defence says Lie Saine’s audio is non-violent

By Tabora Bojang

Moses B Richards, counsel for the accused in the ongoing trial of Abdoulie Saine, former Banjul North parliamentarian yesterday contended that the audio recorded by his client did not trigger any form of violence or fight amongst any class of people in The Gambia as assumed by the police.
The former APRC lawmaker is standing trial against one count of seditious intention, a charge he has since denied.
In a heated cross-examination with PW1, lawyer Moses B Richards argued that contrary to widespread ‘unfounded fears of the police’ that Saine’s audio will incite violence and clashes, there is no case of physical violence reported to the police from Banjul to Koina by any group or class of people apart from ‘online reactions’.

The defence further argued that the only fear for the police was violence against the accused and not violence among different classes of The Gambia.
In response first, prosecution witness Abdoulie Sanneh, commissioner for Interpol and criminal intelligence stated that the police acted urgently to arrest the accused and that was why there was no reported violence.
The case resumes on November 13 at 2pm for continuation of cross-examination.

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