11 Kanilai Protesters Released On Bail, 2 Still Remanded

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Police prosecutors have informed this medium that the thirteen Kanilai protesters arrested were all released on bail except two who are still detained at the Remand Wing of the State Central Prisons as they could not fulfill their bail conditions.

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Police prosecutors Sergeant Lamin Jammeh and Inspector K Gibba appeared for the Inspector General of Police before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court. The alleged protesters were not represented by any lawyer in court. Inspector Gibba told the court that two of the alleged protesters Samboujang Badjie (fifth accused) and Assan Badjie (Eleventh accused) were absent because they are still detained at remand.

“They have a right to be present in their case,” Principal Magistrate Cham said.

The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Gibba has then applied for an adjournment saying the case file was withdrawn from their office upon the request of the Attorney General Chambers. The Magistrate told him that was not reason. Inspector Gibba said something which was inaudible but the Magistrate fired back.

“I can send you to jail for contempt of court,” Magistrate Cham warned him.

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He added: “Listen carefully to what I said and write what I said. Don’t misquote me.”

Principal Magistrate Cham before granting the application for an adjournment asked for the consent of the alleged protesters who did not make any objections.

Subsequently, the case was adjourned to July 4, 2017.

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