By Fatou Sowe
“Be professional! You should prepare before coming to court”, were the words of Justice Kumba Sillah Camara of the High Court in Banjul to lawyer Ibrahim Jallow defense counsel for the third accused person (Saikou Omar Jeng) in the Solo Sandeng murder trial.
Justice Camara made this remark after Lawyer Jallow made an attempt to lead evidence through PW3 Abdoulie Sanneh on a document which was not tendered before the court. (PW3’s witness statement at the police).
Lawyer Jallow was cross examining PW3 and his questions were mainly based on the evidence in chief of the said witness but his cross examination was not without interjections from the lead prosecutor Antouman Gaye on grounds of misquotation.
While giving evidence under cross examination assistant commissioner of police Abdoulie Sanneh repeated that he asked the deceased Ebrima Solo Sandeng if they had a permit to protest but he (Solo) responded in the negative.
In a similar development in the case, Justice Sillah-Camara urged the first accused Yankuba Badjie to regularize his legal representation status as his lawyers were absent in court once again and PW3 was supposed to be cross examined by his lawyer. Badjie said he would try to talk to his lawyers (C E Mene and E E Chime).
The case was then adjourned to Tuesday, November 14 for continuation.