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Defence Lawyer Says Respondent Is Wasting Court’s Time

Lamin Camara
Defence Lawyer in Bob Keita trial (Photo Credit: Kexx Sanneh)

By Buba Gagigo

In a brief interview with journalists after the court case, Defence Counsel in the Bob Keita trial, Lamin S. Camara alleged that the respondent is wasting the court’s time over the delay in Baby Muhammeh’s blood sample.

“I filed a motion before the court for the setting aside, as well as the stay of execution of the ruling of the 7th July 2022. Basically, that’s what we were arguing today (Thursday). I am the one that started because I am the applicant. The entire argument was relying on the affidavit in support of my motion as parts of the affidavit in opposition filed by the respondent. 

“We all know what happened from the 7th July to today (21st July 2022). We’re talking about Baby Muhammeh’s blood extraction. Baby Muhammed’s blood extraction right now is practically impossible. The question first is, where is baby Muhammed? The State has taken blood extraction from my client; as well as one Pamodou Johm, since on the 13th[July 2022], that is seven days after the order of the court. Today, fourteen days after the order, they still have not complied with blood extraction from the boy. So who is wasting the court’s time? We are saying, if anybody is wasting the court’s time, it’s not the applicant, but the respondent,” he told journalists outside the courtroom.

Babucarr (Bob) Keita is currently facing a single charge of rape after being accused of raping his ex-wife’s younger sister who was said to be a minor at the time and resulted in a pregnancy; the case going on at the High Court of the Gambia for over 2 years now.

The case was heard on Thursday and then adjourned to 25th July 2022, for the Defence Counsel to finish his argument.

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