Man in court for alleged human trafficking

One Modou Nyang last Thursday, 10th September, 2015 appeared before Presiding Magistrate Ebrima Jaiteh of the Brikama Magistrates’Court on charges of human trafficking contrary to the laws of The Gambia.

The statement of offence stated, acting as an intermediary for the purpose of human trafficking, contrary to section 29(2) of the Trafficking in Persons Act, cap 13:01 volume III, revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.

The particulars of the offence indicated that the accused, Modou Nyang between January and July 2015 in Brikama and in diverse places of the Republic of The Gambia sent about 20 Gambian girls to Kuwait for the purpose of trafficking and thereby committed an offence.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and defence counsel, L.K.Mboge applied for the testimony of the first prosecution witness to be heard in camera, stating that the witness has right to be heard in private and cited section 46 of the Trafficking in Person Act of the Laws of The Gambia.

L.K. Mboge disclosed that section 24 (2) of the 1997 constitution guarantees the accused the right not to be discriminated against, but that every accused person shall be tried in an open court.

He argued that the court should allow the witness to be heard in the chambers, stating that the private life of some witnesses deserved to be protected.

He prayed the court to order that the identity of the witness should not be disclosed in any newspaper.

He said section 46 of the Trafficking in Person’s Act 2007 did not state that matters cannot be heard in camera but stated that section 33 (1) of the 1997 constitution emphasised that all persons are equal before the law.

Meanwhile the matter adjourned to the 28th and 30th September 2015 for ruling and continuation of hearing.