Presiding judge justice Ebrima Jaiteh has granted a final adjournment request to the state after prosecutors sought request to bring in a doctor from Senegal who examined the body of baby Muhammed.

He has set the continuation of the trial to 27 October at 10am.

State lawyers called for adjournment of the case adding that they needed to get in the doctor to testify, which they said they would need a diplomatic channel to bring the witness.

However, the defence counsel, Ida Drammeh, objected to the state’s request, saying that the state should have prepared themselves earlier. 

She argued that her clients have been remanded since July.

She described the state’s request for adjournment as “travesty of justice” and urged the court to refuse the request.

But Justice Ebrima Jaiteh finally recognised arguments of both sides and told the state that this would be their last request for adjournment. 

He said if they fail to bring in the witness that the court will close the prosecution case and allow the defence team to open theirs.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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