Ex-NIA boss changes mind, wants to cross-examine witnesses

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By Mafugi Ceesay

Christopher E Mene, the lawyer for the former head of the National Intelligence Agency, yesterday informed the Banjul High Court that his client was withdrawing his previous no-case-to-answer submission.
He said Yankuba Badjie would now want to cross-examine the five prosecution witnesses on the state’s list of prosecution witnesses who were not called.

Lead lawyer for the state, Antouman Gaye, said they did not object to the defence request for withdrawal of its no-case-to-answer submission.
However, Gaye objected to the application for the five prosecution witnesses to be subjected to cross-examination by Badjie. He also contended that Mene’s application should be made formally on notice.

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Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara ruled in favour of the state.
In a related development, Lawyer S Kennedy of Legal Aid representing Sheikh Omar Jeng, a former Director of Operations at the National Intelligence Agency, informed the court that they were interested in filing a no-case-to-answer submission on behalf of his client. The matter is adjourned to 17th June for adoption of briefs.

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