The police prosecution unit in Banjul yesterday announced the closure of their case in the theft trial against Muntaga Sallah, former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
When the case was called the police prosecuting officer First Class 4415 F Jallow announced the prosecution’s intention to close the case and urged the court to order the accused person to open his defence.
Lawyer Loubna Farage, defence counsel for the accused person applied for adjournment to enable them to prepare for their defence.
Muntaga is standing trial for allegedly 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.
The case was adjourned to 27th September, 2016 at 12 noon.
by Lama S Jallow