State Reinstitutes Charges against Momodou Sabally

State Reinstitutes Charges against Momodou Sabally

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State prosecutors from the Attorney General’s chamber have filed in criminal charges against Momodou Sabally, former Director General of The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) before Justice E O Dada at the High Court in Banjul.

Sabally was slammed with charges of economic crime, abuse of office, neglect of official duty and giving false information to a public servant of which he was discharged on  in September 2015 after the state decided to file in a Nolle Prosequi, dated 21st September 2015 in the case which was already set for judgment.

In this indictment dated 10th November 2016, the prosecution alleged in count one of economic crime that while serving as Secretary General, Head of Civil Service and Minister for Presidential Affairs, Momodou Sabally caused economic loss to Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation to the tune of D402,500 by unduly influencing the Corporation to fund a programme titled Youth Career Development Programme organised by one Mariama Sillah without recourse to due process about the month of May 2014 at Banjul.

On count two of Economic Crime (specified offences), it alleges that Sabally caused economic loss to the Government of The Gambia to the tune of D38, 424 being money he received as per diem for a trip to South Africa in order to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Jacob Zuma which he neglected to attend while serving as Secretary General, Head of Civil Service and Minister for Presidential Affairs the same year.

On charge of abuse of office, Sabally is accused of flagrant abuse of his office as the Secretary General, Head of Civil Service and Minister for Presidential Affairs and in blatant disregard of due process influenced and caused Social Security and Housing Finance to sponsor a programme titled Youth Career Development Programme organised by one Mariama Sillah.

The state also claimed that Sabally sometime in May 2014 at Banjul committed an offence to wit: while serving as Secretary General, Head of Civil Service and Minister for Presidential Affairs and while being part to the Gambian delegation to South Africa to attend the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma, willfully and negligently delayed the departure of the Vice President’s flight from South Africa for 45 minutes and there by committed an offence.

It is further alleged that sometime in the year 2014 at Banjul, Sabally committed an offence to wit: in flagrant abuse of his office as the Secretary General, Head of Civil Service and Minister for Presidential Affairs presented two vehicles being property of Alasan Ndoye to His Excellency the President as a gift.

Sabally is also accused to have sometime in the year 2014 at Banjul, committed an offence to wit: in flagrant abuse of his office as the Secretary General, Head of Civil Service and Minister for Presidential Affairs with intend to annoy and cause financial loss to Alasan Ndoye, informed His Excellency the President that the said Alasan Ndoye had given two vehicles to His Excellency the President which information he knew or believed to be false.

When the matter was mentioned in the court, state counsel A M Yusuf informed the court that the case was slated for mention but said if possible the accused person could take his plea.

When the judge questioned whether the accused has a lawyer, Sabally said he was yet to get a lawyer. The presiding judge said a adjournment will be taken to give the accused time to the accused to prepare for his defence and possibly hire the services of a lawyer.

The case is adjourned to 28th November 2016.

by Fatou Sowe