Justice E O Dada of the High Court in Banjul is today expected to deliver judgment in the 5-count criminal charges trial of Ousman Badjie, Gambia’s former Minister of Works and former Ambassador to France.
The former diplomat was arraigned in court on 16th December 2014 on five-count criminal offences ranging from two counts of Economic Crime (Specified Offences) and three counts of neglect of official duty.
Mr Badjie is alleged to have caused economic loss to the Government of The Gambia to the tune of 27, 500 Euros being monies paid by Society General Agence Centrale Provlevead Haussmann Paris 750099, without authorisation to Faisal Bojang, Gambia’s former financial attache to the Gambia Embassy in Paris, between 14th and 30th June 2014 at The Gambia Embassy in Paris and diverse places in The Gambia as the country’s head of mission in France, owing to his willful negligence.
He is also alleged to have caused economic loss to the Government of The Gambia to the tune of 34, 333 Euros being revenue collected but not deposited and other shortages caused by Faisal Bojang, the financial attache to The Gambia Embassy in Paris, between 14th and 30th June 2014 at The Gambia Embassy in Paris and diverse places in The Gambia, while being the Gambian head of mission in France, owing to his willful negligence.
Prosecutors also claimed that the accused person between the same dates and places while serving the same position, willfully neglected to perform his duty to follow up with the Society General Agence Centrale Provlevead Haussmann Paris 750099 to recover the sum of 27, 500 Euros being monies paid without authorisation to Faisal Bojang, the former financial attache to the Gambian Embassy in Paris.
He is equally charged for willfully neglecting to perform his duty, consequent of which Faisal Bojang caused shortages in the sum of 34, 333, 00 Euros in the Embassy’s account and for willfully neglecting to perform his duty to pursue the police declaration that the signature of the deputy head of mission was forged.
In a bid to prove its case, the prosecution called three witnesses and tendered some exhibits. At the close of the prosecution’s case, the defence through Lawyer L S Camara filed a no-case-to-answer submission which was overruled by the court before the accused was called to enter his defence.
The defence advanced its evidence through the accused person and tendered several documents in evidence as exhibits. The parties were later ordered to file briefs of argument marking the climax of the trial.
by Fatou Sowe