Seventeen persons out of the 28 former Government officials who are battling a two-count charge of neglect of official duties and abuse of office have been discharged by Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

The officials are: Kaiding Sambou, Bernard Mendy, Cherno Njie, Yira Jammeh,  Abdoulie T.B Jarra,  Aminata Semega Janneh, Abdoulie Jallow, Fafa Sanyang, Fatou Matta Bah,  Momodou Saidyleigh, Aja Fatou Gaye, Habib T.B Jarra, Lamin Sisey, Naffie Barry, Famara Darboe, Roheyatou Kah and Sanna Gassama.

When the case was called yesterday the police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent A Manga informed the court that the prosecution intended to apply for an amendment in the charges pursuant to Section 169(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code. He applied for the charges levelled against the 17 personnel to be dropped and for them to be discharged.

The defence though did not object to this application, applied for all travel documents and title deeds as part of the bail condition to be returned to the discharged persons.

Prosecutor Manga further applied for an adjournment of the case, saying they would be filing new charges. He said they have already prepared an amended charge which, he said contained names of some of the accused persons.

The accused persons, including permanent secretaries, directors and assistant secretaries are standing trial on two counts of criminal offences ranging from neglect of official duties and abuse of office.

Abdoulie Jallow, Aussainou Jobarteh, Cherno Omar Barry, Abdoulie KM Jallow, Abdoulie Jallow, Lamin Camara, Lamin Sanneh, Tijan Jeng, Jerreh Sanyang, Malang Jammeh and  Momodou Lamin Jammeh  are alleged to have neglected their  duties as permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, chief drivers and drivers of their various Government Ministries and departments to engage the services of a qualified mechanics/engineers to assess and diagnose the conditions of vehicles under their  purview, leading to wrong identification of vehicles for auction between 2014 and 2016 in the city of Banjul and diverse places.

They are also accused of abusing their offices by identifying the wrong vehicles for auction on the same day, place and time. They all denied responsibility of the charges.

The case is adjourned to 7th September, 2016 at 11am for hearing.

by Lama S Jallow