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In trial of two journalists Magistrate orders prosecutor to produce medical report

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“The prosecutor should produce his medical report on the next date. The court cannot be held to ransom. If he could write a letter stating that he is sick, he should also be able to attach a medical report otherwise how would the court believe that he was sick. The court cannot speculate. It is only a medical document that can convince the court that he is not well,” Magistrate Krubally said.

He made this order when Police Prosecutor Saja Sanyang told the court that the prosecutor handing the case of two journalists was sick and asked for the matter to be adjourned. “The prosecution in this case, ASP Camara is sick and has written to the court stating his reason,” Sanyang reported.

But the magistrate insisted that the prosecutor should produce his medical report before the court on the next hearing date, August 25.

Sainey Marenah, a freelance journalist and Musa Sheriff, editor of the Voice newspaper are on trial at the Banjul Magistrates Court on two counts of conspiracy to commit misdemeanour and publication of false news.

They are accused of conspiring and publishing on the newspaper that 19 Green Youths joined the opposition UDP on 6 December 2013, knowing that the said publication was likely to cause fear to the public or disturb the public peace. They pleaded not guilty. Five witnesses have testified for the prosecution.

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