OJ’s Criminal Appeal Case set for Next Session

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Supreme Court’s five-member panel of judges adjourned the criminal appeal case filed by Omar Jallow, alias OJ, against the state yesterday.

Mr Jallow’s counsel, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, informed the panel of judges that he had had no word from his client and that this necessitated the adjournment of the case until the next session of the Supreme Court.

It would be recalled that the appeal case emanated from the arrest in 2006 of three executive members of the NADD party by the authorities and their subsequent trial at the High Court. The case against them was however dropped following mediation by the then African Union Chairman and former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Messrs Omar Jallow and Hamat Bah filed an appeal to the Court of Appeal for their trial to continue but this was objected to by the state. The Court of Appeal upheld the state’s objection and the applicants went further to appeal against the decision at the Supreme Court.

At the last sitting of the Supreme Court, Mr Hamat Bah informed the court through his lawyer, Ousainou Darboe, that he was dropping his appeal and the case was later dismissed by the Supreme Court’s five-member panel of judges.

Author: By Modou Sanyang
Source: The Point