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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Lawyer seeks stay of proceeding in caliph’s case at high court

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Lawyer Lamin Mboge filed an application before Justice Ikpala for the stay of proceedings and also refer the matter to the Supreme Court for its determination in the trial of Sheikh Muhideen Hydara and Mr Buyeh Touray, the caliph general and the alkalo of the Foni village.

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He sought the high court verdict after the principal magistrate at the Brikama Magistrates Court refused the application of the stay of proceedings.  However, he asked for an adjournment when the judge told him that the name of the magistrate who overruled his application was not stated.

“For the fact that there is no name and signature of the magistrate that made the ruling on the application before me, the defence is urged to go and regularise the appeal,” Justice Ikpala said before adjourning the case to October 27.

The caliph and the alkalo are being tried on two counts of conspiracy to commit misdemeanour and disobedience of lawful order. They are accused of refusing to perform Eid-ul-Fitr prayers on 28th July 2014 as announced by GRTS and observed the eid on 29 July. They denied any wrongdoing. So far, two witnesses had testified for the prosecution.

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