Principal Magistrate Kebba Baldeh of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday adjourned the alleged criminal trial of Muntaga Sallah, the former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum to 13th December , 2016 at 10.30 am for ruling on the no case-to-answer submission filed by defence counsels.
When the case was called, one of Sallah’s defence counsels Janet Sallah-Njie informed the court that they wish to adopt the brief of argument dated 24th October, 2016 and filed on 26th of the same month.
She submitted that in adopting the brief, she would apply to omit some few things in the no case-to-answer submission document.
She further adopted the accused person’s reply on point of law, dated 21st November and file on 22nd November 2016. She urged the court to uphold the submission and acquit and discharged the accused person.
Counsel Sallah-Njie in her counter-argument referred the court to the case of the State versus Sait Matty Jaw and Mambury Njie which, she said are all unreported cases.
Inspector S Sanyang objected to the defence counsel’s submission, stating that the actual prosecutor of the case, Sub Inspector A Badjie was attending classes at the material time and therefore applied for an adjournment.
Muntaga is standing trial for purchasing three HP computers worth $25, 445 which he later allegedly stole and took to his home at Senegambia, while serving as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum.
The prosecution further alleges that the accused person has stolen three HP computers worth $25,445, which he knew belonged to The Gambia Government.
Sallah is also facing charges of abusing his office, when he instructed, without approval, the purchase of the computers, all in the month of November, 2014 in Banjul. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
by Lama S Allow