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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Young man slams 10-year-jail for Cannabis ‘too harsh’

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Keluntang Jarju has appealed against his sentence at the high court in Banjul and yesterday appeared before Justice Simon Abi. 

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“The accusation I’m convicted of is false,” he said. “The sentence imposed on me is too harsh. I am the first son of my mother and the only one who can help her. These are the reasons for my appeal, so that the court can reduce the sentence imposed on me.”

The prosecutor, Agie Adam Ceesay, however urged the court to dismiss the appeal. “The voluntary and cautionary statements are all confession from the appellant that he was caught with two big bundles of Cannabis.”

Jarju was arraigned in March 2013, at the Banjul Magistrates Court on a single count of “possession of prohibited drugs for the purpose of trafficking.” He was found guilty in December 2013 and sentenced to ten years imprisonment and a fine of one million dalasi. In default to pay the sum, he will serve an additional year in jail.

The case will resume February 26.

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