D11M Economic Crime case set for adoption
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Justice Abdulahi Mikailu of the High Court in Banjul has adjourned the economic crime case involving Seedy Jaiteh, an official of Gamtel, for adoption. The accused Seedy Jaiteh is standing trial on two-count indictment of stealing and economic crime contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.
It is alleged that the accused between 2009 and August 2010 whilst in employment with Gamtel, in the Kanifing Municipality, stole fuel coupons, the property of Gamtel. The coupons are valued at eleven million and ninety-nine thousand dalasis (D11, 099, 000.00). The prosecution led by State Counsel, Simon Semalemba, called four witnesses and tendered exhibits in support of the prosecution’s case. The accused testified as a lone witness in his defense.
The first witness, Sulayman Sidibeh, director of Audit at Gamtel, testified that he supervised the audit exercise and the review of Gamtel’s fuel management efficiency. He adduced that the audit exercise revealed a shortfall of D11, 099, 000. The accused, Seedy Jaiteh, showed a flagrant breach of procedure in the management of Gamtel fuel coupons.
The other witnesses include two payroll clerks at Gamtel, Yahya Jobe and Musa Suso, and a police officer called Khan, attached to the Fraud Squad, who tendered the cautionary statement of the accused. The presiding Judge ordered that both the state and the defense file their written briefs. The matter was then adjourned to the 11th June 2012 for adoption.
Author: Sidiq Asemota