Court adjourns Melaye’s trial indefinitely

The trial of the Senator Dino Daniel Melaye (Kogi West Senatorial District) for alleged false information dissemination before the Federal Capital Territory, High Court, Abuja, by the Federal Government, on Thursday suffered a setback following his absence in Court.

Consequently, presiding judge, Justice Olasunbo Goodluck adjourned the trial indefinitely after listening to the prosecution and defense counsel arguments on Melaye absence.

Justice Goodluck said that the photocopy of the medical report showing that Melaye is on admission at the hospital is admissible in an interlocutory application as in the instance case and therefore she rejected the submissions of the prosecution.

The judge further held that it is fair and just for the court to examine all facts placed before it and that in doing so, it has been established that the defendant is having health challenges in the hospital.

The judge, therefore, adjourned the case sine die pending the recovery of the senator from the sickness so that he can stand trial.

Dino who would have appeared to face his trial Thursday, was transferred from Lokoja to the hospital by the Chief Judge of Kogi State, where he is facing another criminal charge for alleged arms running after he was implicated by two thugs.

But , at the resumed sitting Thursday, Melaye’s lead counsel, Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN), in an application to justify the absence of the senator informed the court that his client was still lying critically ill at the intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital.

The senior lawyer tendered a medical report signed by Dr O O Olaniran, Director of Medical Services, which confirmed that the senator was being managed at the Intensive Care Unit.

Tarfa therefore urged the judge, Justice Olasunbo Goodluck to consider the ill health of the lawmaker as a special circumstance that warranted his absence from trial.


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