The vacation judge at the high court in Banjul, yesterday dismissed the third bail application filed by Sira Wally Ndow-Njai, Gambia’s former Minister of Petroleum on grounds of abuse of court process.
This decision of the judge was contained in a ruling he delivered on the bail application which Madam Njai filed through her lawyers Ida Drammeh and Mary Samba.
The presiding judge in his ruling made a recast of the proceedings before the court and stated that on the 1st September 2016 the applicant filed for bail through an originating summon attached with a 27 paragraph affidavit in support and other exhibits while the state/respondent on the other hand filed an affidavit in opposition on the 14th September 2016.
After evaluating all the averments in the affidavits and submissions made by both the applicant and state/respondent in court, Justice Ottaba revealed that the applicant had applied for bail twice and the decisions on those two applications were delivered on the 1st August 2016 and the 31st of same month at the high court.
So he said for the applicant to file another application for bail there must be prevailing circumstance without which it will amount to abuse of court process and he finally dismissed the application saying it is tantamount to abuse of court process.
The delivering of this decision by the judge aggravated the emotional atmosphere in the court room as the accused person and some spectators (family, relatives and friends) resulted to cry while others approached the accused to console her.
By Fatou Sowe