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Why Bob Keita refused DNA test: A chat with an insider at the Ministry of Justice
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Why Bob Keita refused DNA test: A chat with an insider at the Ministry of Justice

Bubacarr Keita's lawyers fumed when the State applied for a court-ordered DNA test to find out if he is the father of his former sister-in-law's son.

The young businessman, popularly known as Bob, is standing trial for allegedly raping his now ex-wife's younger sister resulting in pregnancy. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Here is a chat, we had with an insider at the Ministry of Justice who is very familiar with the case:

INSIDER: Do you know the police found out through their investigations that the girl had a relationship with a fuel pump attendant. A very older guy. In fact, the girl would skip school to visit this guy. So the police actually did a report and asked that the guy be charged. But Bafou Jeng decided to go against the police report.

WOG: But the young man was used as a State witness.

INSIDER: So using him as a witness takes away criminal culpability? In an instance of rape against a minor? I never came across this anywhere else in the world. The guy should have been charged for statutory rape because the girl doesn't have the capacity due to her age to grant consent and therefore a grown man having a sexual relationship with a minor is statutory rape. How can he then be used as a witness to prosecute a guy who never admitted to rape nor was there any evidence to tie him to any sexual relationship to the girl. It's indeed mind-blowing.

WOG: Hold old is the young man?

INSIDER: Not sure, but old enough. He is definitely over 21 and he was in gainful employment. Now, they want to do a DNA test when Keita has two kids with his ex-wife who hates him. They can do anything to get the DNA of those kids in the test, especially since it's being conducted by the Ministry of Justice.

WOG: But why did Keita refuse a paternity test to establish whether he's the father of the child or not?

INSIDER: This is my opinion and I may not be right. I feel the prosecution didn't prove anything concerning the case. So for over a year, they kept the poor boy in remand and now that they know they have not proven anything by way of leading evidence, they want a DNA test.

WOG: A DNA test can free Keita, so why not?

INSIDER: A DNA test should have been the basis of prosecution and charge and not lead a case to the closing arguments stage and then request a DNA. Who does that? If the court rules in favour of Keita with regards to the rejection of the DNA application, the case will have to be determined on its own merits and that would be an acquittal for Keita because the prosecution had not proven anything against him.

WOG: So you support Keita's lawyer's objection to the DNA application?

INSIDER: Yes! Legally! Because I was the one calling for DNA as a base start of the trial from the start but the State refused to make such an application.

WOG: Could it be possible that Keita's ex-wife has already done a DNA test using one of their daughters?

INSIDER: Absolutely. Who can trust those people? They want to secure a conviction so bad and can do just anything. Can you imagine if Keita is acquitted? That will have devastating effects on the Ministry of Justice. So they also want to secure a conviction.

WOG: What direction do you think the judge would take on the DNA application?

INSIDER: I don't believe he dares to rule in favor of the defense.

WOG: Honestly, do you think Keita can win the case?

INSIDER: Legally, no case has been established against him quite honestly. However, I think because of all that's against the judge, he may want to save face and crucify Keita.

WOG: So he wouldn't free Keita?

INSIDER: I doubt, but it would be the greatest travesty of justice. Even in North Korea, premised on law, Keita cannot be found guilty.

WOG: Thank you.

INSIDER: Ngirr yallah, don't mention my name. Because as an employee of the Ministry of Justice, I shouldn't talk about a matter that's in court.

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