The trial of the UDP Leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and 19 Co defendants continued at High Court in Banjul on Monday 4th July albeit short, sharp and precise response from Darboe.
‘It is regrettable that the Gambia, which is home to the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, unfortunately the rights of citizens of that very country are being abused by a Nigerian judge’, these were the very words of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe to the Nigeria Judge, Justice Dada on Monday.
These exchanges came when the trial judge asked Darboe and Co whether they will continue to defend themselves or wait for their legal representativeS?
Lawyer Ousainou Darboe when on cashering the Judge by reminding her that, she had already forced them to defend themselves even when their lawyers withdrew from the case.
‘So is she today asking whether they will open their defence or wait for their defence lawyers?’
Mr Darboe then when further, ‘We will not participatie in this trial because all our rights have been frozen by the presiding judge.’
He added, ‘it is regrettable that the Gambia, which is the home to the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, unfortunately the rights of citizens of that very country are being abused by a Nigerian judge.’
He said ‘Nigerian judges defend the rights of its citizens in Nigeria but Nigerian judge and lawyers are abusing the rights of Gambian citizens.’
Lawyer Darboe concluded by affirming their stance against the Kangaroo court. ‘We will therefore not participate in this trial. If we are convicted, then I will tell the court why we should not be sentenced.’