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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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.

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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.

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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