A D250,000 court bail has been granted to each of the 28 former Government officials who are battling a two-count charge of neglect of official duties and abuse of office before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrate Cham granted the bail to the accused persons yesterday and placed a condition that each of them provides two Gambians as sureties in the like sum, who must swear to an affidavit of means in recognizance. He also ordered that the sureties deposit their title deeds which should be situated within the Greater Banjul Area to the registry of the court with their national identity cards. In addition, the accused persons are to surrender their travel documents to the registrar of the court and to report at the police headquarters every Monday, and not to leave the court’s jurisdiction without the notice of the police.
Abdoulie Jallow, Kainding 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 alleged to have neglected 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.
Delivering the ruling on the bail application by the defence counsel, the presiding magistrate noted that he was with the view that granting bail is in the discretion of the court and accordingly granted bail to the accused persons.
The case is adjourned to 1st August, 2016 at 10.30am for hearing.
by Lama S Jallow