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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sedia Bayo assault case adjourned

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Mr Bayo, a French national born to Gambian parents based in France, was issued in absentia with an international arrest warrant by police prosecutors in November last year for assaulting Amadou Samba, a Gambian tycoon while the latter was in Senegal on a mission.

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He claims to be the head of The Gambia Transition based in Dakar, Senegal, and had been shuttling between France and Senegal until he was finally deported to France by the Senegalese authorities. The Supreme Court of Senegal had earlier ruled to discontinue his stay in that country after the botched December 30attack on State House by Gambian dissidents based in US and Europe. 

When the case was called before Magistrate Samsideen Conteh yesterday, neither the prosecution nor Mr Bayo was in court and consequently the matter was adjourned until May 18 for hearing.

According to the bill of indictment, Mr Bayo in November last year unlawfully assaulted Amadou Samba by beating him all over his body and caused him actual bodily and grievous bodily harm. He is yet to enter his plea.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Alieu Faye who appeared for the IGP, had applied for a bench warrant to enable the police to arrest Mr Bayo and bring him before the court to stand trial.

The court granted his request.

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