Ex-AMRC officials’ bail application deferred
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The vacation Judge at the High Court in Banjul, Justice Penda Dibba, Tuesday, September 18th, 2012, adjourned the bail application suit filed by two former top officials of the Assets Management and Recovery Corporation (AMRC) Abdoulie Dibba and Yusupha M Jaiteh to Friday, September 21st, 2012, for connection.
The vacation judge made the decision to enable the state represented by the director of Public Prosecution (DPP), SH Barkun, to reply to the motion filed by the defence counsel Lamin Camara, seeking bail for his clients, who are currently detained and charged with D15.45M economic crime. The two were charged alongside their former boss Abdoulie Tamba, now at large. They were on Friday September 14th, 2102, arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court and charged with economic crime and abuse of office, both contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.
case came up for hearing of the said bail application, Lamin Camara drew the
court's attention to the motion dated 11th and filed on 12th September 2012,
seeking bail for the said two accused persons. However,
the DPP, SH Barkun said the state is yet to formally file its formal reply, as
such he requested for time to enable him do so inline with proceedings relating
to criminal trial and filing of bail applications.
This application did not go down well with the defence counsel, who requested the court to strike out the application of the state on grounds of time and the need for the state to reply on time to the application of the defence. According to the defence counsel, the state ought to reply to the defence application within two working days, but such is not the case in the matter at hand, hence he requested for striking out of the state’s reply. However, the DPP countered by saying his office is ready and willing to reply to the defence application citing the pace of time and the need for his office to make its reply.
At that juncture, the presiding judge ruled by allowing the state counsel to make his reply within days and later adjourned the matter to Friday for continuation.
Author: Sanna Jawara