The trial of the 28 former Government officials have been adjourned after the police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent Manga applied for time, saying the prosecution is still investigating the matter.
When the case was called before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Manga informed the court that the prosecution’s intention of applying for an adjournment was because investigation into the matter is ongoing.
Without objection from the defence team, the magistrate, who adjourned the matter to 22nd August at11.30am for hearing, granted his application.
Abdoulie Jallow, Kaiding 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 accused of neglecting 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.
They are also accused of abusing their offices between the year 2014 and 2016 in Banjul and diverse places by identifying the wrong vehicles for auction while serving as permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, directors, principal assistant secretaries, chief drivers and drivers of their various government ministries and departments. They all denied culpability of the charges.
by Lama S Jallow