The Chairman of Three Years Jotna Movement, Abdou Njie, Yankuba Darboe alias Yanks Dabo and six others have been remanded at Mile II central prisons in Banjul following the lower court in Kanifing lacking the jurisdiction to hear the case on Wednesday by virtue of the third count of demolition of structures which could bear life imprisonment.
The matter was subsequently transferred to the high court division. Others six are Ebrima Kitim Jarju, Sherriffo Sonko, Hagi Suwareh, Fanta Mballow, Karim Touray and Muctarr Ceesay, all whom are executive members of Operation Three Years Jotna’ a pressure group protesting for the resignation of President Adama Barrow as in line with his promise to serve three years during his 2016 campaign.
They are charged with three counts of unlawful assembly, rioting after proclamation and rioters demolishing structures.
Before the Principal Magistrate Pierrette Sarr, the accused enjoyed the representation of several lawyers including Borry S. Touray, Lamin Camara, Lamin J Darboe, Ebrima Jallow while the police were represented by Superintendent Mballow. Soon after, the police asked for the matter to be transferred to the high court over the issue of lack of jurisdiction of Kanifing Magistrates’ court to hear the matter.
Even though Lamin S. Camara rose to submit that the offences their clients were charged with were committed within Kanifing Municipality and urged the court to proceed, the trial magistrate ruled against him and transferred the case to the high court in Banjul.