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Judge slams prosecutor’s accusation as ‘unfair’

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The prosecutor, AM Yusuf, accused Justice Emmanuel Amadi of ‘not doing anything’ to move the case which has failed to proceed for four months. 

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It came up after the judge told the prosecutor to produce a witness in court following a short cross-examination between defence lawyer, Edward Gomez and the state’s first witness.

The prosecutor said he thought the defence attorney would take some time which is why he did not come with his next witness in court.

The judge told the prosecutor given what his witness said in court, he should have known that the lawyer will not ask many questions. “It is not an excuse to waste the time of the whole Gambia. You know a case that will require lot of question from a defense counsel,” Amadi said but Yusuf insisted that he wouldn’t know. The prosecutor however, said he would not have asked any question if he was the accused person’s lawyer.

When the judge insisted that he should have come to court with his witness, Yusuf said his witness was in Jarra where the murder incident took place. At this point, lawyer Gomez raised and informed the prosecutor that the judge was engaged in the court martial which was why the case had not proceeded.

“The prosecutor has told this court, me in person that the court had not done anything to move this case. I have nothing against him (prosecutor),” Amadi said before adjourning the case to May 18.

Alhaji Karamo Njie, a psychiatrist marabout from the Central Jarra village of Jappineh, is on trial for causing the death of his patient Bubacarr Fadera. 

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