Witnesses must be available for trial: Magistrate


WITNESSES who are summoned by prosecution to witness on cases for trial should always available whenever a trial proceeds.

Principal Magistrate Fatimah Taeburi yesterday told prosecution that the court can only stand down cases to allow a lawyer to be available or for lawyers to sort out issues, but not to wait for a witness.

She made the comment in court when prosecution sought a short adjournment to allow the witness to be available in court before the trial resumes.

The witness is summoned by prosecution to testify in court and the court can order for the witness to be remanded in custody, Ms Taeburi said.

This is in relation to the case against John Ross and others.

The trial began on Friday last week. They started with the charge of intimidation – there are witnesses summoned by the prosecution to give evidence in regards to the charge of intimidation.

The men have other charge of false pretence and will call witnesses in regards to charge after they are finished with the intimidation charge.

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