The Gambia: Man Arraigned for Signal Piracy of English Premier League Matches

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November 10, 2016 — Earlier this week, the High Court in Banjul presided over by Justice Otaba Enganra Obo, arraigned one Ensa Jallow for criminal offences of infringement of copyright and distribution of programs carrying signals contrary to the laws of The Gambia.

Count 1 of the charge on which the accused was arraigned stated that the accused, one Ensa Jallow, on April 23, 2016, in Latrikunda Sabiji, in the Kanifing Municipality or in diverse places used beIN equipment to distribute signals carrying English Premier League matches intended for Middle East and North Africa for profit making purposes and thereby committed an offence.

Count 2 stated that the accused on April 23, 2016, in Latrikunda Sabiji, without licence or authorisation of the author or other owner used beIN equipment to distribute signals carrying English Premier League matches intended for Middle East and North Africa for profit-making purposes and thereby committed an offence.

The accused pleaded not guilty and sought bail. Counsel for the accused, Edward Gomez, submitted that the offences the accused was charged with were bailable offences carrying a fine of D500,000 or an imprisonment of three years. Citing Section 95 of the 1997 Constitution and Section 99 of the criminal code, he further submitted that the court should grant the accused bail as the investigation of the case had been completed, and there was no indication that the accused might interfere with the prosecution witnesses or flee the jurisdiction. He also stated that the accused is a person with a strong social ties and commitment.

The application for bail was not opposed by the State Counsel, Abdoulie Colley.

Justice Obo granted the application for bail for accused person, requesting of million dalasis with two sureties.

Source: The Point

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