The alleged criminal trial of Muntaga Sallah, a former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Monday failed to progress due to the absence of both Mr Sallah and the prosecution witness.
The case before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court was set for continuation of defence’s cross examination of the fifth prosecution witness, Momodou OS Badjie but it failed to proceed due to the accused person and the witness’s absence.
Mr Sallah is standing trial for purchasing three HP computers worth $25, 445, which he later allegedly stole and took to his home in Senegambia, while serving as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum.
The prosecution further alleged that the accused person has stolen three HP computers worth $25,445, which he knew belonged to The Gambia Government.
He is also facing a charge of abusing his office, when he instructed, without approval, the purchase of the computers, all in the month of November, 2014 in Banjul. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The case is adjourned to 16th August at 12 noon for continuation.
by Lama s Jallow