UDP Leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe

The court case involving the Gambia’s main opposition leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and 19 others is scheduled to resume today, Monday 4th July 2016 in the afternoon at 3pm GMT at the High Court in Banjul. The state prosecutors rest their case on Monday 27th June after the last prosecution witness, a police officer testified in court earlier that day. Today the defendants are meant to open their defence in the case, however, due to Darboe and his Co defendants’ refusal to legitimise the entire court process, the defendants are likely to continue their defiance and refuse to participate in the case.

Meanwhile, should the defendants refuse to participate in the case widely seen as biased and unconstitutional, the Nigerian mercenary judge, Justice Dada will then adjourn the case for final ruling. And the outcome of the case will not come as a surprise to many observers, due to Yahya Jammeh’s determination to get rid of Darboe and his party United Democratic Party (UDP) once and for all.

Readers would recall that, the counsels for Lawyer Darboe and Co led by Lawyer Antouman Gaye walked out of the court due to the presiding judge’s open and blatant refusal to protect the counsellor/client privacy privileges. Subsequently, Darboe and Co also refused to participate in any future proceedings in order to demonstrate and de-legitimise the entire Kangaroo court process.