Posted by: africanpressorganization | 12 March 2009

Gambia / Adjournment of trials facing editor of the daily The Point

 


 

Gambia / Adjournment of trials facing editor of the daily The Point

 

BANJUL, Gambia, March 12, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Editor of the daily The Point, Pap Saine, yesterday had two trials in which he is facing charges adjourned to later in the month. In the first, before a court in Kanifing, near Banjul, on a charge of “publication and dissemination of false news”, the judge, Sainabou Wadda-Ceesay, ordered an adjournment until 23 March, because of the need to ensure the charges against the journalist conformed with a 2005 amendment to the criminal code.

 

In the second, Pap Saine appeared before a court in Banjul charged with “obtaining personal documents on the basis of false statements”. Judge Lamin George adjourned this trial until 25 March, at the request of the defence, to allow time to obtain documents from judicial authorities, including a copy of the charges against the journalist and the witness statements. Pap Saine is accused of being Senegalese and having fraudulently obtained a Gambian birth certificate and identity card.

 

SOURCE : Reporters without Borders (RSF)


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