By Kebba Jeffang The prosecution on Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014 announced the closureSheikh Muhideen Hydara of their case in the criminal trial involving Sheikh Muhideen Hydara, Caliph General and the former Sangajor “Alkalo,” Buyeh Touray, after Madame Siffai Hydara, the Governor of West Coast Region, failed to appear for the second time to give evidence in the proceedings. In addressing the court, Chief Inspector Camara reminded the court that at the last adjourned date, they promised that they will be coming with the fourth prosecution witness (PW4), who is the governor of the region. He added that they have now decided to cancel that based on the reason that she will be saying the same thing that has already been said by PW1 and PW2. “In order not to waste the court’s time, I wish to close the case of the prosecution at this juncture. Court may allow the defence to commence their defence,” said CI Camara. Lawyer Lamin Mboge, representing the accused persons, told the court that he has been taken aback by the application of the prosecution as he needs to consult his learned senior, Antouman Gaye, so that they can advise themselves on the next step to take regarding the proceedings. He however added that he will give notice to the court that defence may come up with a ‘No Case to Answer’ submission so that they will not take the prosecution by surprise. At this juncture, the trial magistrate adjourned the matter to 5th January, 2015 to hear from the defence team.]]>

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