EX-NALA Programme Officer, Co Trial Adjourned

EX-NALA Programme Officer, Co Trial Adjourned

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The four-count trial involving Kevin Aghedo, the former Programme Coordinator of the National Agency for Legal Aid (NALA) and Joseph Furu Gomez, a businessman in Basse, has been adjourned by Magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

The magistrate adjourned the matter to 18th August after the first accused person’s defence attorney, K Sanyang said his client’s mother passed away and he (first accused) had traveled to attend the funeral.

He applied for an adjournment of the matter until the return of the first accused person.

The prosecution alleged that Kevin Aghedo and Joseph Furu Gomez sometime in 2015 at diverse places agreed among themselves to defraud the United Nations Development Programme by issuing false invoice and obtained money from the organisation.

It also alleges that the two sometime in 2015 at diverse places fraudulently obtained money from 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.

On count three, Kevin Aghedo is said to have sometime in 2015 in Banjul and diverse places, while serving as a programme coordinator at the National Agency for Legal Aid, in the discharge of his duty, acted fraudulently or breached trust affecting the public.

On count four, Kevin Aghedo is alleged to have sometime in 2015 at diverse places made a document purporting to be what it is not. They both denied responsibility of the charges.

by Aji Fatou Lemon