Lawyer urges Court of Appeal to Acquit Amadou Sanneh

By Rohey Jadama

Barrister Ousainou A.M. Darboe has yesterday, 29th June 2015, urged the 3 panel judges of the Gambia Court of Appeal headed by Justice Edrissa Fafa Mbai to allow the appeal of Mr. Amadou Sanneh, the National Treasurer Amadou Sannehof the United Democratic Party (UDP) and enter a verdict of acquittal.

This was done when both counsels for the appellant and the respondent (State) adopted their respective briefs which they had earlier filed.

Before the adoption of the briefs, M.B Abubacarr, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DDPP), told the court that he wishes to withdraw the motion dated 15th and 24th June respectively. He said they applied for them to be struck out.

However, there was no objection from Counsel Darboe.

The said motions were accordingly struck out by the court.

“I wish to adopt the appellant’s brief of argument dated on the 14th January, 2015 and reply on points of law dated 13th and filed on the 14th May 2015. We are relying on the arguments and all the authorities cited and we humbly urged the court to grant the appeal and enter a verdict of acquittal,” said Lawyer Darboe.

The DDPP also adopted the respondent’s brief dated on the 18th March 2015 and urged the court to dismiss the appeal.

The case was adjourned to 13th of July 2015 for the court’s verdict on the appeal.