Magistrate Deen Tarawalie of Court No. 1A yesterday demanded a detailed medical report from the Pademba Road Prisons medical doctor for the 10th and 15th accused persons in detention before the court could grant any bail to enable them to seek further medical attention out side the prisons.
Addressing the court yesterday the Acting Director of Public Prosecution Robin Mason said “we are humans even though we are prosecuting” adding that the Prisons Medical Doctor needs to submit a report to the court, indicating that the said accused persons are ill and cannot stand trial.
He further told the court that, testimonies of the Doctors report must also explain in detail the nature of the illness of the two accused persons and that these should be tendered in court before the next adjourned date. “I don’t feel happy prosecuting people as I have been defending accused persons for almost 22 years”, he said.
Fio Edwards on behalf of the Defense Counsels told the court that his clients are seriously sick and need urgent medical attention because the Pademba Road Prisons Medical facilities cannot provide treatment for the two accused persons and warned that “if the court wants to receive a death certificate before they are satisfied”
The Defense argued that Section 41 ordinance Act 22 of 1960 indicates that Officers in Charge of Prisons should permit inmates to be transferred to another medical facilities out side the prisons. “We want to make an application for the release of the two suspects to seek proper medical attention”, he stressed.
He further told the court that “we know it as a fact that there are other securities involved like the military, Police and OSD to prevent any attempt of escape if ever they are admitted at any hospital” noting that adequate provisions will be made for maximum security for the two suspects.
Magistrate Deen Tarawalie pointed out that there are rules to be followed and that the application will come after the medical report has been tendered.
The matter was adjourned to the 24th September 2008.
By Saidu Bah