Human Rights

In AKI Victims Case, Defendants Summoned To Appear In Court

In the lawsuit filed by Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Victims’ families, things have started moving in the right direction: Maiden Pharmaceuticals, Atlantic Pharmacy, Medicine Control Agency (MCA), the Ministry of Health have officially been given a written order to appear in court.

When the case came up for hearing on Wednesday Lead Counsel Loubna Farage took the opportunity to tell the court that the writ of summons has been served to all parties targeted in the lawsuit.

She further informed the court that the written order was also published on January 24, 2024 by Times of India while indicating that the first defendant (Maiden Pharmaceuticals Ltd) was notified the following day.

Justice Jaiteh made it clear that the defendants have 30 days to prepare their defence, insisting that the first defendant is still within statutory time to make its case heard.

On the efforts spearheaded by the Justice Ministry to find an out – of – court settlement, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Abdurahman M. Yusuf, told the court they held discussion with the counsels for the victims.

Victims’ Families Group Chair, Ebrima Sagnia

“The State is yet to call them back for further discussion. We are still asking for more time,” he said.

Speaking to reporters shortly after stepping out of the courtroom, victims’ families group Chair Ebrima Sagnia said, they are not ruling out the option to reach a settlement.

AKI Victims’ Families, standing up for their rights

He thanked their lawyer for deciding to serve written order to defendants, expressing hope that the law will take its normal course.

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