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GDC NAM & Co trial resumes

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By Baba Sillah
& Zainab Sesay

The trial of the Gambia Democratic Congress National Assembly Member, Demba Sowe, who is standing trial along with four others at the High Court in Banjul, continued Monday before Justice Bakare.
When the case came up on Monday, the state prosecutor, Bafour Jeng, intimated that there was an application before a superior court regarding the withdrawal of charges against Mr Sowe.

However before Prosecutor Jeng could finish, the trial judge, Justice Bakre, interjected and reminded her that there was no such application before the court and subsequently adjourned the matter to Tuesday pending the availability of the application before the court.

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When the case was mentioned Tuesday, state prosecutor AM Yusuf submitted that he was yet to receive any authority from his office for the name of Demba Sowe to be expunged from the charge sheet or for charges to be dropped against him.
The trial judge at that point adjourned the matter to Wednesday for determination.
Mr Sowe is being tried along with Oumie Saffiatou Jallow (now at large), Ebrima Kebbeh, Sheikh Dawda York, Alpha Kanteh and Kemo Fatty.

They are accused of conspiring among themselves to deceive Muhammed Tunkara, a Gambian based in the UK and his partner by collecting US$161,000 equivalent to D6,273,000 from him on the pretext that they were going to sell 50kg of gold valued at US1.5 million, charges which they deny.

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