Gambia: Bail Application For The Embattled Teranga FM MD, Has Suffered A Setback As The Trial Judge Is Reported Sick!


The bail application ruling in the case of the State versus Alhagie Abdoulie Ceesay, the Managing Director of the Teranga FM radio has been adjourned to Monday, 8th of February, 2016, the Freedom Newspaper can report. The case could not be heard today as the trial judge is said to be sick. The judge could not make it in court; hence both the prosecution and the defense team were told by the Clerk of the Court that the matter has been adjourned to next week Monday.

The embattled radio journalist Mr. Ceesay has been under state custody for months without bail. He has been accused of sedition among other felonious charges. His Lawyer Gaye Coker, the daughter of veteran Gambian lawyer Antouman Gaye, has earlier filed a bail application on behalf of Mr. Ceesay.

Mr. Ceesay was arrested in the aftermath of the July 22nd military takeover celebrations. He was accused of circulating a portrait carrying the face of a snipper, who according to the literature contained in the portrait was determined to shoot The Gambian dictator. Two of the girls, named in the criminal complaint as witnesses, have since fled to Senegal. The girls, one of whom worked at the State House told the NIA that Ceesay forwarded a Facebook message to her phone, which contained the snipper portrait.

The portrait in question was posted by an exiled former GRTS news presenter in her Facebook timeline. Ceesay was alleged to have shared the said posting with the girls. The matter is now before the court for litigation. Ceesay has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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