16 June 2011

Gambia News : Yusuf Ezziden’s Appeal Still On But the appellant is yet to appear in court

By Lamin Sanyang
(Foroyaa Online) Proceedings on the appeal of Yusuf Ezziden against his sentence to death and conviction of treasonable offences continued in his absence at the Court of Appeal in Banjul on Tuesday, 14 June 2011.

Yusuf Ezziden alias ‘Rambo’ was convicted of treason and sentenced to death together with the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Lang Tombong Tamba and others on allegation of a coup plot against the government of The Gambia in 2009.
During the proceedings of 14 June 2011 before the three panel judges led by the president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Wowo, the addresses of the appellant and respondents were adopted. The case was adjourned till Thursday 23rd June 20ll.
Mrs. Hawa Sisay Sabally appeared for the appellant while Mr. Daniel O. Kulo, the Director of Special Litigation, announced his appearance for the State.
The appellant Mr. Ezziden did not appear in court and the reason for the appellant’s absence was not explained or questioned. Mr. Ezziden has not been appearing in court for the past several months. Readers could recall that the appellant (Mr. Ezziden) had failed to appear for three consecutive times at the Court of Appeal. None has questioned or explained the reasons for his absence. This is the fourth time the appellant has failed to appear in court.

Source: Foroyaa online

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