Previously presided over by the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, the trial against the Deputy Editor-In-Chief of the Daily Observer and his co-accused Mbye Bittaye, an employee of the mobile telephnoy company, Africell, was transferred to the Special Criminal Division of the High Court last week.
Denied Bail Once More
The trial suffered setback after the Kanifing Magistrates Court was told the first prosecution witness Jawor Darboe is out of jurisdiction.
Alagie Jobe is facing seven criminal charges, the most serious of which, is sedition.
He is being tried alongside Mbaye Bittaye, an employee of the mobile telephony company, Africell, who is charged with “unlawful inquiries relating to possibility of forgery”. Both have pleaded their innocence since March 12 this year when they first appeared at the lower court.
On Tuesday, Magistrate Hilary Abeke, presiding, adjourned the trial till April 30.
He had earlier questioned the whereabouts of Alagie Jobe who was conspicuously absent in Court. However, Jobe’s defence counsel Ebrima Jah referred Magistrate Abeke to the state counsel, A.M. Yusuf. Continue reading
By Modou S. Joof & Demba Kandeh
FPI has gathered that three staffers of the Daily Observer, Gambia’s biggest newspaper, were arrested and detained by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) last week.
The three are Alhagie Jobe, Editor-In-Chief, Assan Sallah, a news editor and Madikhan Jobarteh, who works at the production department of the paper.
Mr Jobe and Mr Jobarteh were reportedly arrested by the NIA on Thursday 7 February 2013. Whereas Jobarteh was released on bail later the same day but Jobe is still believed to be held at the NIA headquarters in Banjul. A source told FPI “no conditions are attached to Jobarteh’s release”. Continue reading