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Lawyer Darboe Tells Police To Do Their Home Work Right!

Charge Sheet Against my Client UDP Campaign Manager Is “Defective.”Says Darboe.

By Our National Correspondent Landing Badjie

UDP Campaign Manager’s Trial Stalled

The trial of the UDP Campaign Manager for Serekunda Central over allegation of obstructing a presiding officer could not proceed today at the Bundung Magistrates’ Court.
Mr Lamin Cham was arrested alongside the UDP candidate for Serekunda Central by a contingent of men from the Police Intervention Unit on January 25 and whisked away to Bundung Police Station where they were placed under custody.
Mr Cham was separately charged with obstructing an IEC presiding officer on the polling day but Mr Alhaji Fatty, with whom he was arrested, has not been charged.
At the resumption of his trial today, Mr Cham’s counsel, who’s incidentally the secretary general of the UDP, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, informed the court that his client was only charged with obstruction but not both obstruction and conduct ‘likely’ to cause the breach of peace as indicated on the charge sheet.
According to the seasoned lawyer, the charge sheet was defective and therefore urged prosecutors to do something about it.
Meanwhile, the presiding magistrate, Amina Saho-Ceesay, explained that she could not proceed with the case as she was yet to go through the case file since the matter was recently assigned to her and the case was consequently adjourned to March 15 for continuation.
Jammeh Applauded on Herbal Treatment
NAMs Call for More Support
National Assembly members of The Gambia has applauded President Jammeh for the breakthrough in his herbal treatment of Hiv/Aids.
At the first meeting after the State opening of the National Assembly by President Jammeh on Friday, National Assembly members yesterday called for concerted and sustained efforts to support the president in his crusade to rid the tiny West African state of Hiv/Aids.
In moving a motion on President Jammeh’s herbal treatment of Aids, the Majority leader of the National Assembly, Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, showered praises on the Gambian leader for what he called making a breakthrough in finding a solution to the most dreaded disease. He pointed out that recognized laboratories have proven the efficacy of the president’s herbal treatment of Aids, adding that the president’s treatment is more cost-effective.
The member for Kombo North, Hon. Adama Cham, called on Gambians and the international community to support the president in his bid to provide deliverance to Hiv/Aids sufferers in the country.
Honourable members Lamin Jadama of Niamina East, Borry Colley of Foni Jarrol,Ndey Nyang of New Jeshwang and Lamin Bojang of Kombo East all underlined the need for support to the President’s Hiv/Aids Trust Fund.
But according to commentators, there need be no much call for support for the president’s Hiv/Aids project.
” Considering the magnitude of the problem Aids poses to the entire world, any person who could come up with a cure for the disease must be very much respected and rich,” said a certain commentator.
32 Gambians Returned to Mile II
About 32 Gambians were yesterday returned to the State Central Prisons in Banjul when their trial over a charge of felony suffered yet another setback.
The 32 Gambians, who were arrested by the police in December of last year on the beaches of Bakau, are currently under trial at  a magistrates’ court in the Serekunda suburb of Bundung for allegedly committing a felony and misdemeanour.
The men stand accused of attempting to travel to the European Union through the Gambian territorial waters but their case could not still make anyway as they were yesterday told they have to return to the State Central Prison since their case couldn’t’t continue.
Escaping Realities
Many youths in The Gambia are today increasingly resorting to dangerous means of travelling to Europe to escape the home realities of hunger, unemployment, persecution, escalating poverty and limited opportunities. In some cases many die in high seas and deserts but this has not daunted the many youths who think the grass is greener on the other side.
Commuters’ Woes
Commuters to and from Banjul have their own fair share of problems to contend with.
There appears to be no end in sight to the mounting frustration that many civil servants, students and other commuters have to endure thanks to the perennial locomotion problems in the country.
According to our chief correspondent, Gambians and non-citizens alike stopped enjoying easy access to transportation when the once vibrant Gambia Public Transport Corporation became moribund due to corruption and mismanagement.
During those halcyon days of the GPTC, easy transportation to all corners of the Gambia was as sure as egg. But today, travelling from Serekunda to Brikama, Banjul to Basse or Farafenni to Laminkoto is more nightmarish than anything.
The Gambian citizens were one time relieved and delighted when Bala Garba Jahumpa went to Spain to bring a fleet of buses. At the time, the watchword of the government was the rejuvenation of GPTC .But they apparently failed when credence was given to assertions that the buses that Mr Jahumpa brought into the country were in fact not of the first waters.

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