By Landing Ceesay
The High Court of the Gambia today dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Sheriff Kumba Jobe, counsel for General Sulayman Badjie (Saul Badjie), Major Landing Tamba and WO1 Musa Badjie against the state’s ex-parte motion.
The dismissed application filed by Counsel Kumba Jobe argued that the application filed by the state for the 3 men to be detained for 90 days, lacks legal basis.
The ex-parte motion seeks the former commander of the Republican Guards (Badjie), Major Landing Tamba and WO1 Musa Badjie to be detained for 90 days at the state central prison (Mile 2).
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice on behalf of the state filed the motion against them at the High Court, following their return from exile and subsequent arrest.
The state alleged that the trio are being held on suspicion of having committed grave offences and want them to be held in detention at the Mile 2 Central Prison for a period of 90 days to permit and facilitate further investigations pending the referring of formal charges.
In today’s hearing of the case, Justice Zainab Jawara-Alami granted the state’s ex-parte motion for hearing, after dismissing the preliminary objection application filed by the lawyer for the respondents.
The court ruled that it is going to hear the application filed by the state on whether to keep General Sulayman Badjie, (Saul Badjie), Major Landing Tamba and WO1 Musa Badjie to be for 90 days.
Justice Jawara-Alami, then adjourned the case to 4th February, 2022 at 10:15am for the hearing of the ex parte motion filed by the state.
During the first hearing of the case on 17th January, the Counsel for the respondents Sheriff Kumba Jobe argued that the competence of such an application has no legal basis.
Saul Badjie, Major Landing Tamba and WO1 Musa Badjie were arrested shortly following their return from exile where they had lived with former president Yahya Jammeh after his defeat in the December 2016 presidential election.
Meanwhile, Saul Badjie, Yahya Jammeh and others are held responsible for 7 ‘unlawful’ killings, according to the Truth Commission’s report.
The Commission revealed that Badjie, Jammeh and others unlawfully killed Mamut Ceesay, Ebou Jobe, Ndure Cham, Ello Jallow, Mustapha Colley, Tumani Jallow and Abdoulie.