By Yaya Dampha
Ebrima Solo Sandeng is acquitted and discharged of the charges level against him at the Brikama Magistrates Courts this morning. Sandeng was standing trial for “giving false information to a public officer and for holding a political meeting without a valid permit”, charges he pleaded not guilty since the start of the trial. The kangaroo witch hunt against Mr Sandeng stem from the UDP youth camp retreat in Tanji, Kombo South two moths ago.
After several adjournments and a few prosecution witnesses were called at the trial, the prosecution could not substantiate the charges the opposition youth leader is facing. Consequently he was acquitted and discharge, Sandeng walked out of the Court a freeman once again. The defense Lawyer, Ousainou Darboe last week put it to the presiding Magistrate that, “Sandeng has no case to answer, because he did not break any law and never acted contrary to laws and constitution of the Gambia”. Mr Darboe therefore urged the Magistrate to “free Mr Sandeng, citing the police for wrongful involvement in politics and acting on the orders of APRC Kombo South militants”.
In a brief telephone conversation with his lawyer, Ousainou Darboe who is also the leader of the opposition United Democratic Party, he said “Sandeng is acquitted and discharged this morning”. Darboe could not go further as he was running to another court session. Sandeng himself was called and asked what his reaction is but he only said “am a freeman once again. I shall give a press interview soon.”
Ebrima Solo Sandeng is the youth Secretary of the United Democratic Party and a very influential man in Serrekunda. Kairo news will provide a detail analysis later.