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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

State prosecutor’s absence hinders Sait Matty Jaw trial

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When the case was called in chambers yesterday, lawyers Lamin Camara, Combeh Gaye-Coker and Sagga Gaye pronounced their appearance for Mr Jaw but there was no representation for the state.  No reason was proffered to the waiting journalists regarding the circumstances surrounding the absence of the state as the matter was called in the chambers of the presiding magistrate, Samsideen Conteh.

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Mr Jaw, also a prominent youth activist,  had been indicted along with Seth Yaw Kandeh, a Ghanaian and Olufemi Erinle Titus, a Nigerian on charges of conspiracy, failure to register a business and two counts of disobedience to statutory duty. However, Messrs Kandeh and Titus on their second appearance in court pleaded guilty and were consequently sentenced to a fine of D50, 000 on each of the counts. 

Jaw, who has so far maintained his innocence was granted bail in the sum of D50, 000 with two Gambian sureties who must have a landed property within the Greater Banjul Area. 

According to the bill of indictment filed by the state, in October last year he conspired with messrs Kandeh and Titus to engage in the business of collating data for a Ghanaian company, FACTS International, without proper business registration and in ‘willful disobedience’ of the Statistics Act and the Single Windows Business Registration Act 2013. 

Hearing resumes January 29.

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