NIA defence lawyer requests for week adjournment

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By Mafugi Ceesay

Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara yesterday granted a week’s adjournment to the Lawyer for former operations commander of the NIA, Sheikh Omar Jeng, in order to file a reply on ‘points of law’ after state prosecutors submitted their response on the no-case-to-answer application.

According to the defense lawyer, Keneath, the prosecution has not established any case to call for his client (Sheikh Omar Jeng) to open his defense and therefore, he wanted to make a no-case-to-answer submission.

When the case was called, Lawyer Keneath told the court that he wanted an adjournment to allow him to reply on points of law, since the prosecution was late to reply to the no case application.

Meanwhile, the defense team has filed for the five prosecution witnesses on the list and were not called to appear for the first accused Yankuba Badjie to cross-examine them.

Yankuba Badjie, an ex-director of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is charged together with 8 other former intelligent chiefs on twenty-five criminal counts including murder, torture, and conspiracy to commit felony among other felonious charges.

It took the prosecution about two years before closing their case after calling 35 witnesses and tendering several exhibits.