High Court Judge Ebrima Jaiteh has Monday delivered a legal blow to former Junta member Yankuba Touray as he turned down the application for bail filed by lawyer Abdoulie Sissoho.
Justice Ebrima Jaiteh dismissed the bail application put forward by the defense team, making it very clear that murder charges are punishable with death. He then ruled that murder is a non-bailable offence.
Following his refusal to testify at the ongoing truth commission, former minister of lands of Jammeh regime was slapped with murder charge by the High Court in Banjul. Led by Gambia’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Aboubacarr Tambadou, the prosecution told the court that the bill of indictment will be amended with 10 more additional charges.
As a long-running legal battle is gradually taking shape, Yankuba Touray is dealt another blow.
Justice Jaiteh ruled that the High Court has jurisdiction to hear murder cases while indicating that the defense argument is not sufficient to make a referral to the Supreme Court.
“The right to fair trial is applicable to both parties,” Tambadou told the court while requesting more time for the prosecution to prepare its case.
The hearing was subsequently adjourned till October 15 for continuation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of supporters of the former ruling party stormed the vicinity of the High Court in an attempt to show solidarity to Yankuba Touray. A security presence. But a strong security presence prevented the situation from deteriorating…
Written by Abdoulie John
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