The Gambia Court of Appeal to Rule on Yankuba Touray’s Death Sentence in December

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Yankuba Touray, currently serving life imprisonment for the murder of Gambia’s former Junta Finance Minister, Ousman Koro Ceesay, has filed his appeal against the sentence handed over to him.

Dissatisfied with the high court verdict, the embattled former junta member filed an appeal at the three-member Gambia court of appeal seeking the Court’s decision to overturn his death sentence.

The Court of Appeal of the Gambia has set aside 13 December 2022 for the case’s ruling after both parties adopt their brief of arguments filed by both sides before the Court.

In his brief argument for the adoption, Counsel for the appellant (Yankuba Touray), A. Sissoho, urged the Court to set aside the High Court’s judgment against his client, discharge, and acquit him.

Meanwhile, the Counsel for the Respondent (The State), Senior State Counsel M.B. Sowe, informed the Court that the High Court’s judgment was based on sound legal principles and supported by evidence and further urged the Court to dismiss the application filed by Yankuba Touray.

Following the submission of the brief of augements, the President of the Court of Appeal of the Gambia, Justice Na Ceesay Salla-Wadda, adopted their briefs and scheduled the ruling on the case on 13 December 2022.

Meanwhile, on 14 July 2021, the High Court of the Gambia found Yankuba Touray guilty of the murder of former Finance Minister Ousman Koro Ceesay and sentenced him to death by hanging.

On Monday, 6 June 2022, Yankuba Touray appeared in the Court of Appeal, contesting the High Court’s decision.

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