The three-count criminal trial of Annie R.M. Carrol, a senior official at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare could not proceed yesterday after the court was informed of the transfer of the actual prosecutor of the case to another jurisdiction.
Being tried by Principal Magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, Annie is accused of taking upon herself without approval from her head of department to publish her trek report on the visitation of health facilities in the Upper River Region, Central River Region and Lower River Region, by sending an email to Omar Sey, Dr Makie Taal, Ramou Sarr-Jarju, Baba Jeng, Momodou Lamin Manneh and Alhagie Marena, leading to the information being published in the Freedom online newspaper in May last year.
On count two, Annie is accused of allowing a second person to have in possession official documents without authority or excuse from her head of department, which was consequently published in the online Freedom newspaper.
She is also accused of abusing her office by taking upon herself without authority or excuse from her head of department and published by sending an email to Omar Sey, Dr Makie Taal, Ramou Sarr-Jarju, Baba Jeng, Momodou Lamin Manneh and Alhagie Marena.
When the case was called for hearing yesterday, the police prosecutor Inspector S. Sanyang told the court that the actual prosecutor who was handling the case, Sergeant Njie, has been transferred to another jurisdiction and he (Sanyang) has just inherited the case and needed time to study the case file.
The accused person’s defence counsel B. Carrol raised no objection to the application but appealed for the court to grant him a long adjournment date, saying he (Counsel Carrol) would be leaving the jurisdiction for vacation.
The case is adjourned to 29th September 2016.
by Lama S Jallow