The ongoing four-count criminal trial involving Kevin Aghedo, former Programme Coordinator of the National Agency for Legal Aid (NALA) and Joseph Furu Gomez, a businessman has been adjourned by Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
The accused persons’ defence counsel K Sanyang informed the court that the first accused person’s mother passed away and he had traveled to attend the funeral. Without objection from the state, the magistrate granted the defence’s application and adjourned the matter to 18th August.
Prosecution accused Kevin Aghedo and Joseph Furu Gomez of agreeing among themselves to defraud the United Nations Development Programme by issuing false invoice and obtained money from the organisation sometime in 2015 at diverse places.
It also accused them of fraudulently obtaining money from the United Nations Development Programme, which was meant to pay for the accommodation and dinner of the participants in the Paralegal training in Upper River Region and converted it to their personal use sometime in 2015 at diverse places.
On count three, Kevin Aghedo is said to have acted fraudulently or breached trust affecting the public sometime in 2015 in Banjul and diverse places while in the discharge of his duty as a programme coordinator at the National Agency for Legal Aid.
On count four, Kevin Aghedo is accused of preparing a document purporting to be what it is not sometime in 2015 at diverse places. They both denied responsibility of the charges.
Aji Fatou Lemon