28 Gov’t Officials’ Trial Suffers another Setback

28 Gov’t Officials’ Trial Suffers another Setback

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The incompletion of investigations into the two-count charge trial involving 28 former Government officials has led to another adjournment of the case.

When the case was called before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday, the police prosecuting officer, Assistant Superintendent Manga applied for adjournment, affirming that investigation into the matter is yet to be completed.

The accused persons, including Permanent Secretaries, Directors and Assistant Secretaries are standing trial on charges of neglect of official duties and abuse of office.

Prosecutor Manga said it was the prosecution’s intention for the case to proceed in yesterday’s sitting but he was informed by the investigators that they still needed time to complete the investigation before they could submit the case file to the prosecution.

Manga appealed to the court to grant him an adjournment and his application was granted.

Abdoulie Jallow, alongside  Kaiding Sambou,  Bernard Mendy,  Cherno Njie,  Yira Jammeh,  Abdoulie T.B Jarra,  Aminata Semega Janneh,  Aussainou Jorbarteh,  Abdoulie Jallow, Fafa Sanyang, Cherno Omar Barry,  Abdoulie KM Jallow,  Abdoulie jallow,  Lamin Camara, Lamin Sanyang,  Mr Tijan Jeng, miss Fatou Matta Bah, Momodou Saidyleigh, Aja Fatou Gaye, Habib T.B Jarra, Lamin Sisey, Naffie Barry, Famara Darboe,  Roheyatou Kah and Sanna Gassama,  are accused of neglecting their  duties to engage the services of qualified mechanics or engineers to assess and diagnose the conditions of vehicles under their  purview, leading to the wrong identification of vehicles for auction between the year 2014 and 2016 in Banjul and diverse places while serving as Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Chief drivers and drivers of their  various government ministries and departments.

They are also accused of abusing their offices between the year 2014 and 2016 in Banjul and diverse places by identifying the wrong vehicles for auction while serving as Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Directors, Principal Assistant Secretaries, Chief drivers and drivers of their various government ministries and departments. They all denied culpability of the charges.

The case is adjourned to 30th August, 2016 at 12 noon, for hearing.

by Lama S Jallow