A notorious Senegalese habitual felon, who recently crossed the border to use The Gambia as a safe heaven after escaping from prison custody, appeared in court on Monday, to face robbery and other related charges, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Modou Fall, who goes with the street name “ Boy Jineh” arrived in court with his co accused person Mortala Niang, with their legs shackled and handcuffed at the same time. Magistrate Jabang of the Kanifing Magistrates court is hearing their case.
Court papers filed by the Inspector General of police have revealed that fugitive Modou Fall and Mortala Niang, both Senegalese nationals, on January 2014, in Dakar, Senegal, and its diverse places jointly conspired to commit robber with violence. The criminal complaint went on to state that the accused persons also jointly committed series of robberies with violence in Senegal, prior to their arrival in The Gambia.
Fall and Niang are yet to enter their plea on the prosecution’s indictment filed against them. The prosecutor overseeing the case police Superintendent Mballow, made an application in court for the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody, pending further court appearances. Mballow’s request was entertained by the court. Hence, Fall and Niang were subsequently remanded in custody.
Briefing the court about the basic facts of the case, Superintendent Mballow explained that a bench warrant was issued by the Court of Appeal in Thies, Senegal for the arrest of Fall and Niang. Mballow added that a similar arrest warrant was issued against the accused persons by Interpol.
In view of the foregoing evidence, Mballow also asked the court to issue an order for the remanding of the accused persons. He said the prosecutions wanted to file an extradition papers against the accused persons before the next court date. The court granted Mballow’s application.
Fall and Niang were escorted back to jail under heavy paramilitary escort. The duo are due to reappear in court at a later date to face extradition charges.
Written By A Staff Reporter, Banjul