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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Judge summons witnesses in homosexual trial

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Messrs Sainey Camara, Foday Bojang and Kalilu Jammeh were scheduled to appear in court yesterday, but failed to turn up. 

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The prosecutor, AM Yusuf, then informed the court that he had ‘difficulties’ in reaching his witnesses. He applied for the court to issue witness summons which was granted with no opposition from the defence lawyer, Lamin Camara. 

Camara applied for the judge to order the prosecution to serve them with all the statements in the case. “We want the prosecution to serve the defence with the photocopies of the cautionary and voluntary statements of the accused as well as every exhibit in their custody which they intend to use…” he argued. 

The prosecutor, in his response, said he was not mandated for the prosecution to serve the defence with all the documents in their custody.

Ruling, the judge ordered the prosecution to serve the defence the cautionary and voluntary statements of the accused. 

Meanwhile, the trial of Alieu Sarr, who is also accused of similar offences, was adjourned for the same witnesses to appear as state witnesses.

Justice Abi is expected to make a ruling this afternoon on the bail application of Mr Sowe and Mr Sarr.

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