Judge ruled Gunjur Environmentalists vs Golden Lead case to go to trial
Presiding judge in the High Court case involving Gunjur Environmentalists and a Chinese owned Fishmeal processing plant, Golden Lead has ruled that the case must now proceed to trial at a sitting on Wednesday 10th March 2020.
Justice Amina Saho-Ceesay made the ruling following the failure of both parties to come to an amicable agreement. On 20th November 2019, the two parties agreed to meet and discuss matter in court with a view to agreeing or disagreeing on consent terms. If the parties had agreed, then the consent term was to be the consent judgment, failing an agreement, the case will proceed on the next adjournment date of 29th January 2020.
When the case resumed on 10th March, it was revealed that lawyers for Golden Lead could not reach an agreement with the lawyers for the plaintiff on consent terms. As a result, the presiding judge ruled the matter to proceed to trial.
Gunjur environmentalist brought a civil case against Golden Lead at the High Court in 2017 claiming damages of D15 million for damages caused to the environment as a result of the activities of the Fishmeal processing plant situated at Gunjur beach.
Golden Lead company is represented by lawyers Lamin Camara and Khadijatou Jallow, while Gunjur environmentalists are represented by lawyer Lamin J Darbo.