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Court gives only a week for state to charge Saul Badjie, others

Court gives only a week for state to charge Saul Badjie, others

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By Bruce Asemota

Justice Zainab Jawara-Alami of the High Court in Banjul has ordered the state law office to file charges against General Saul Badjie, Major Landing Tamba and WO 1 Musa Badjie within a week.

Justice Alami made this order yesterday during court sitting when the trio were arraigned by the state seeking the court to grant an application to detain them legally in Mile Two Central Prisons.

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The state represented by Senior State Counsel Patrick Gomez informed the court that it needed 90 days to conduct investigations into the alleged crime of the suspects.

Presiding Judge Zainab Jawara-Alami refused the state counsel request but gave the state one-week to conduct investigations and file charges if any against the suspects and adjourned the case to the 24th January, 2022.

 It could be recalled that these suspects had been detained at the Mile two Central Prisons for more than 72 hours without court appearance since they were arrested.

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The state deemed it proper to file an application for the suspects to be arraigned before the court and have them properly remanded at the prison custody.

The suspects who arrived from Equatorial Guinea were screened on their arrival in the Gambia and were arrested and had been under custody on suspicion of their alleged involvement in the death of former Point Managing Editor, Deyda Hydara and the arson attack on the Independent Newspaper.

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