Setback in UDP Campaign Manager’s Trial

Monday, May 7, 2007

The trial of the UDP campaign manager for Serekunda Central has suffered yet another setback when the prosecution officer and the defense counsel saw the need to adjourn the matter till May 9.

Mr. Lamin Cham was last week at the Bundung Magistrates’ Court for the continuation of his trial but the case could not proceed thanks to the absence of a key prosecution witness from court.

Mr. Cham was early this year charged with the offences of obstructing an electoral officer in due execution of his duties as well as acting in a manner that could cause a breach of peace and order. He denied all the allegations leveled against him consequently leaving the prosecution with the onus of proving the ingredients of the matter beyond reasonable doubt.

Prior to his maiden court appearance, Mr. Cham was arrested by a contingent of uniformed men on the polling day in the January 25 legislative elections and subsequently detained at the Bundung Police Station before being granted police bail.

His case, which was first heard by magistrate Moses Richards, is now handled by magistrate Amina Saho and is expected to resume May 9.

Meanwhile, Mr. Cham is represented by Lawyer Ousainou Darboe whilst the State is being represented by 772 Samateh of Bundung Police Station.


Author: By Njie Baldeh & Wally Bah
Source: The Point