Defence Amends UDP Treasurer’s Grounds of Appeal

By Rohey Jadama
Counsel for Amadou Sanneh, the National Treasurer of the United
Democratic Party (UDP), yesterday, 12 January, applied to amend his
grounds of appeal which was granted by the Gambia Court of Appeal.
Appearing before the panel headed by the Court of Appeal president,Justice Emmanuel O.Fagbenle, and comprising Justice Naceesay
Sallah-Wadda and Justice Awa Bah, Mr. Sanneh is appealing against his
conviction by a lower court in 2013 to serve five years on sedition
related charges.
“I wish to amend paragraph 7 of the grounds of appeal where I stated
the learned trial Magistrate instead of the learned trial Judge”, said
Rachel Mendy, counsel for the appellant.
The Appeal Court granted the application of appellant’s counsel for
the said paragraph to be corrected.
The Court also asked both the state and appellant how many days each
would need to file and serve. Lawyer Mendy asked for 3 days and while
Hadi Saleh Bakum, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) requested
for 21 days.
Justice Fagbenle, in his ruling, granted both applications as
requested by the DPP and counsel.
The case was subsequently adjourned to 16th February 2015 for adoption
of briefs.
Amadou Sanneh was convicted of the offence of conspiracy to do act
with seditious intention, contrary to section 52(1)(a), and printing
seditious materials; contrary to section 52(1)(c) of the criminal
code, and sentenced to five years imprisonment on each count by
Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Court. The sentences are
to run concurrently.
The trial lasted for about three months from the 21st October, 2013 to
18th December, 2013.