A magistrate court in the town of Brikama, has freed a police Chief Superintendent, who was charged for negligence of duty, Freedom Newspaper can report. Muhammed Kanteh was acquitted and discharged after the court had ruled that there was no substantial evidence available for the prosecution to proof its case beyond all reasonable doubts against the accused officer.
Kanteh was charged with official negligence of duty, in the wake of the three years jotna protest march. He was accused of abandoning his post duty in Brikama to travel to the Greater Banjul area, where he said, his stabbed brother, who was part of the protest was admitted at a hospital in Serre-Kunda.
The case was presided over magistrate Peter Adoh Nche, a Cameroonian national.
After reviewing the evidence adduced before his court, the magistrate wasn’t convinced that the prosecution had proven its case against Kanteh. He subsequently dismissed the negligence charge and acquitted the top police officer.
Kanteh was represented by Lawyer Lamin Camara and Lamin Darboe, while the prosecution was represented by Essa Camara. Camara was lead prosecutor, assisted by his boss Commissioner Abdoulie Sanneh, the Director of police Prosecution.
Kanteh was interdicted from the force. Now that he has been cleared by the court, he is eligible to be reinstated if he is interested in returning to work.