Defence to Court: Accused made no utterance against President Jammeh

By Baboucarr Ceesay

The defence lawyer in the trial involving Bai Mass Kah a Foroyaa newspaper messenger who is charged with sedition for telling a man to past President Jammeh’s picture in the sky, said the accused did not make any utterance against the president.

According to defence counsel Lamin S Camara who made a no-case submission, the statement by the prosecutor that the accused had deep-seated hatred, contempt and disaffection for the person of the President is not sedition.

A seditious statement is one that is capable of engendering hatred, contempt, and disaffection of aperson in the public,” the defence counsel argued.

Camara told the court that the case is a criminal trial, and there was no burden on the accused as at now, arguing the burden was on the prosecution, which had not proven its case.

“What the prosecution had failed to address was that no statement had been uttered against the President by the accused person, the defence added.

Responding to the submission of the defence, Sergeant 3560 Colley on Monday 24 February, before Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court the accused person has a case to answer, having regard to the evidence of the prosecution witnesses which he said have corroborated.

The prosecutor said the accused person belongs to the opposition People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) of Halifa Sallah.

He said that it is common knowledge that members of the opposition have no good wishes for the ruling party (President Yahya Jammeh’s APRC). But the defence lawyer interjected that the prosecutor is politicking in court.

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