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Defence to demand freedom for ex-Waapp coordinator

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The defence led by Antouman Gaye yesterday informed Justice Emmanuel Amadi that they will make a submission of ‘no-case-to-answer’ next Monday. This move came after the judge closed the prosecution’s case following the testimony of six witnesses.

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Justice Amadi last week threatened to close the case if they failed to bring their seventh witness in court on January 19. But when the case resumed yesterday, the state was not represented nor was the witness in court.

“No counsel appears for the state and I have no other option but to close the prosecution’s case,” the judge said prompting the defence to announce its intention to make a ‘no-case-to-answer’ submission.

Mr Sosseh is on trial for economic crime and neglect of official duty charges since July 2013. According to the prosecutors, Mr Sosseh failed to spend the 5.3 million euros agricultural grant from the World Bank, an omission which is detrimental to the Gambian economy and the welfare of the people. He pleaded not guilty.

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