The remanded Gambian opposition leader has not only maintain his defiance in participating in a sham trial Lawyer Ousainou Darboe has once again thrown punches at Justice Eunice Dada. Mr. Darboe’s unapologetic, fiery statement in today’s sitting is summed up by Burama Sanneh below.
At the court today Ousainou and others were asked by the judge through their interpreters whether they will open their defence or they will wait for their defence lawyer.
In reply, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe reminded the judge that she had already imposed on them to defend themselves even when their lawyers withdrew from the case. So is she today asking whether they will open their defence or wait for their defence lawyers? Ousainou then continued by saying that they will not participatie in this trial because all their rights have been frozen by the presiding judge. He said that it is regrettable that the Gambia, which is the home to the African charter for human rights and democracy, unfortunately the rights of citizens of that very country are being abused by a Nigerian judge; He said Nigerian judges defend the rights of its citizens in Nigeria but Nigerian judge and lawyers are abusing the rights of Gambian citizens.
“We will therefore not participate in this trial. If we are convicted, then I can will tell the court why we should not be sentenced,” Lawyer politician said.