Dasilameh Caliph General/Standard Photo

Dasilameh Caliph General/Standard Photo

The caliph general of Darsilami Sangnajor caliphate last week opened his defence at the Brikama Magistrate’s Court. But Sheikh Sheriff Muhideen Hydara refused to swear on the holy Quran. Hydara and the village alkalo Buyeh Touray have been standing trial disobedience of lawful order. They are accused of deifying the presidential order. Both men maintain their innocence.

Shortly before the trial started, the Magistrate Omar Cham granted the caliph to give his testimony while seating. Defence lawyer Antouman Gaye application was premised on his client’s poor health condition.

The Caliph was asked to raise his hands and say “I swear by the Almighty Allah that the evidence I shall give before this court shall be the truth; the whole truth, nothing but the truth. So help me God.”

Hydara said he has been the Caliph General of Dasilameh Sanghajor for five years. He said until his death in July last year, Malaine Hydara was the imam of the village for ten years. The caliph admitting knowing Buyeh Touray who was the alkalo of the village for 8 years until his dismissal.

At this juncture, Lawyer Gaye’s application for adjournment was granted. The case was adjourned to March 16 when Hydara would continue his evidence in court.

At an earlier session, Buyeh Touray opened his defence, questioning the powers of the Supreme Islam Council. He said he was not aware that Imam Abdoulie Fatty [erstwhile Imam of State House] and the council have the powers to make laws and enforce them on Muslims.

The 2nd accused added that he was not aware that Islam council have any power to make laws in The Gambia enforcing the date of prayers on people. The accused also refuted knowing any law that sets specific day for people to perform Idul-ul-Fitr. Rather, he said, religious teachings advise Muslims to pray after sighting the moon. “In our case, the moon was sighted on Monday and we prayed on Tuesday.



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