Emmanuel Chime, the lawyer of the former NIA director, Yankuba Barjie, has told the High Court on Monday that his client is “seriously sick” and was being admitted at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital.
president Yahya Jammeh’s feared National Intelligence Agency has amended their charges to 22 counts from 9, he announced in Banjul High Court on Monday.
The nine operatives have started a trial couple of months ago after they were arrested for the alleged murder of an opposition activist, Solo Sandeng, in April 2016.
Antouman Gaye was the defense lawyer for the opposition leader Ousainou Darboe and his United Democratic Party’s executive members who were jailed for taking to the street in protest of the death in custody of Sandeng.
The state hired him to take up the case due to lack of capacity at the prosecutorial department at the justice ministry.
The charges now include abduction, torture, fabricating evidence and felony, in addition to murder.
The case resumed today without the presence of the first accuse, Yankuba Barjie, the former director of NIA at the time of the alleged murder of Sandeng, and his lawyer said he is seriously sick and was being treated at country’s main referral hospital in Banjul.