Gambia’s former Petroleum Minister, Sira Wally Ndow-Njai, has filed another bail application before vacation Justice Ogar Edward Eneji at the High Court in Banjul urging the court to grant her bail in line with the Constitution and other laws of The Gambia.
Lawyer Marry Samba, who announced her representation on behalf of Madam Njai’s defence counsel Ida Drammeh made a disclosure of the new development in a crowded court yesterday.
Lawyer Samba said she was holding brief for Counsel Ida Drammeh and drew the court’s attention to what she called the originating summons dated 1st August 2016, filed before the court and with the permission of the court, she applied to proceed with hearing of the bail application.
The state counsel, A Mendy objected to the application on the grounds that the state was served with the said originating summons yesterday morning. He requested for the court to give the state time to reply to the application.
State Counsel Mendy recommended for the court to give them at least 48 hours to enable him reply to the defence, saying he cannot reply to the application on the spot.
Lawyer Samba however maintained that her client has been in custody at the Mile 2 Central Prison for 44 days and some of her co-accused persons were granted bail while her (Sira Wally’s) earlier bail application was refused.
She further noted that her client has an aggravated health condition, which she said requires urgent medical attention. She said she was surprised that the process server only served the originating summons yesterday morning, saying the defence is anxious for the case to be heard.
State counsel A Mendy however maintained the need for the court to give them enough time to respond to the defence’s application.
Sira Wally Ndow-Njie alongside Muntaga Sallah, ex- Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum; Fafa Sanyang, ex-Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum, Nuha Touray, ex-Secretary to Cabinet; Momodou Taal, Louise Moses Mendy; Seedy Kanyi, Cherno Marenah, ex-Solicitor General and Legal Secretary; Edrissa Jobe and Momodou Badjie, former Managing Director of The Gambia National Petroleum Corporation are accused to have intentionally caused detriment to the economy of The Gambia between 2015 and 2016 in Banjul.
The case is adjourned to Thursday for hearing.
by Sanna Jawara