The former Director General of the notorious National Intelligence Agency NIA, Yankuba Badjie who is standing murder trial along with 8 other officers fell sick at the remand wing of the State Central Prisons of Mile 2 in Banjul.
These revelation was made by his lawyer C. E Mene before Justice Kumba Sillah Camara of the Banjul High Court.
The nine former National Intelligence officers standing trial are Yankuba Badjie, former NIA Director General, Louis Gomez, former Deputy Director General, Sheikh Omar Jeng, former Operations Director, Yusupha Jammeh, Tamba Massireh, Babucarr Sallah, Haruna Susso, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang. They are changed with the murder of Solo Sandeng, a political activist who was allegedly arrested and tortured to death under custody. All the accused persons have pleaded not guilty and are currently remanded at the state central prisons.
When the case was announced this afternoon after almost three months vacation, the first accused (Badjie) was absent but his lawyer explained to the court about his health problems.
The prosecution team headed by the Prosecutor General, Antouman Gaye has informed the court about filing additional charges of 26 counts but an objection was made by the defense saying it was not service on time and would need time to look into it to advise their clients. The court decided to uphold the objection till the next adjourned date. Subsequently, the case was adjourned till on October 25, 2017.