Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Unfinished briefs hold back rights activists trial

Dr. Touray - Executive Director GAMCOTRAP

Mrs. Bojang-Sissoho - Program Manager GGAMCOTRAP
The unfinished preparation of written briefs by the prosecution and the defence has delayed the proceeding of the trial of women rights activists, Dr. Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang Sissoho.
The Executive Director and the Programme Manager of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) are standing trial on one count of theft.
They have since denied any wrong doing.
On 13th May, 2011 at the Banjul Magistrate Court presided by Magistrate Alagbe Taiwo Ade, the case was not mentioned in court, though the accused persons were present.
However, defence counsel Ebrima Jah told our reporter that the prosecution and the defence have agreed to adjourn the case on the grounds that the briefs are not yet ready to be adopted.

During the previous sitting, the Lead defence counsel Amie Bensouda told the court that they intent to filed a written brief for no-case-to-answer submission to the court. The trial continues on May 20, 2011. Source – The Voice

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