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High Court rejects ex-state minister Yankuba Touray’s bail application

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Yankuba Touray is remanded in custody until October 15 when his case resumed at High Court. The state prosecutors requested for adequate time to prepare their case as they consider bringing 10 additional murder charges against Touray. 

Yankuba Touray

The High Court of the Gambia has rejected the bail application of former local government minister standing trial on charges of murder and contempt of court.

Touray was charged with single count of murder by the attorney general Abubacarr Tambadou who leads a team of state prosecutors in his trial.

Tambadou said the state is considering additional 10 murder charges against Touray. And last week Touray’s lawyer Abdoulie Sisoho made the bail application before Justice Ebrima Jaiteh.

But today, Jaiteh ruled that bail is not applicable for crimes punishable with life sentence and death and charges against Touray attract such consequences.

Meanwhile, Touray is remanded at Mile 2 until October 14, 2019 when his case resumed at High Court.

The court has also made a determination that it is not referring the case to Supreme Court for interpretations on the ground that Touray is not reliant on any specific clause in the constitution for his immunity claims.

Thus, his position is ambiguous since there is not specific law he is relying on and the court cannot make any assumption for him.

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