Rear Admiral’s appeal against treason conviction reaches climax

4 Aug
Sacked in October 2009 following which he was put under trial, Fofana was alleged to have participated in the 2006 abortive coup (Photo Credit: The Daily News)

Sacked in October 2009 following which he was put under trial, Fofana was alleged to have participated in the 2006 abortive coup (Photo Credit: The Daily News)

By Binta A Bah

The three-member panel judges headed by Emmanuel Fagbele have adjourned the appeal of Ex-Navy Chief, Rear Admiral Sarjo Fofana to October 22, for adoption of briefs.

Justice Emmanuel Fagbele has granted thirty days to both the state and defense counsel to serve and respond to briefs.

“Since the court recordings are before this court, I’m appealing for the court to order for the filing of briefs,” said Lamin K. Mboge, Fofana’s lawyer.

This was followed after Mboge said he will not file additional ground of appeal.

“I deemed it unnecessary to file additional grounds of appeal,” Mboge said. “I rely on the records of the court proceedings.”

Fofana is appealing against a twenty year jail sentence handed down to him in July 2011 by the Special Criminal Division on treason charges together with Lang Tombang Tamba, Ex-Chief of Defence Staff.

He was convicted for his alleged involvement in the abortive 2006 attempted coup allegedly led by former Defence Staff Chief (runaway) Colonel Ndure Cham.

Sacked in October 2009 following which he was put under trial, Fofana was alleged to have participated in the said alleged coup.

Fofana was the chair of the Military Court Martial which presided over the case in connection with the coup.

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