Senator Dino Melaye’s case has been adjourned indefinitely by Olasunbo Goodluck of Abuja high court –
The case was adjourned on the basis of Dino Melaye’s health condition – Shuaibu Labaran, the prosecuting attorney questioned the admissibility of the medical report that finally led to the adjournment.
The trial of Senator Dino Melaye has been adjourned indefinitely on the basis of his medical condition by a high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday, May 17.
Melaye who is being prosecuted in Abuja and Lokoja is accused of damaging government property, and an attempt to take his own life after he attempted to jump out of a moving police vehicle.
Melaye is also accused of providing false information to police and supplying arms to thugs in Lokoja. The event leading to the adjournment started when Olasunbo Goodluck, the presiding judge asked for an explanation from the defense lawyer, Rickey Tarfa why Melaye was not in court.
Mr Tarfa was said to have provided a medical report which stated that Melaye was in critical condition and under intensive care from the National Hospital, Abuja. On his part, Shuaibu Labaran, the prosecuting attorney was reported to have questioned the admissibility of the medical report.
He was reported to have argued that the medical report signed by a doctor, identified as Olaomi OO was not obtained directly from lawyers in the matter before the FCT high court.
“It is our further submission that Exhibit B and C are duplicate copies of the supposed medical report emanating from the National Hospital, which the defense placed heavy reliance to convince this court as to the justification behind the absence of the defendant in this case,” he said.
“Assuming the document emanated from the National Hospital Abuja, it has become a public document which requires certification. “Our objection is that it has no bearing with the document of this court,”
Mr Labaran added. However, the court held that the medical report was admissible and could be considered by the court and consequently adjourned the matter indefinitely. “This court is of the view that it can adjourn this matter sine-die until the medical conditions of the defendant is reported to have improved,” the court ruled.
Reports have it that the high court sitting in Lokoja, Kogi state, ordered that Dino Melaye representing Kogi west senatorial district in the National Assembly be moved to the National Hospital Abuja for further treatment.