The ten senior government officials who are jointly and severally charged with offences including economic crime, conspiracy to commit a felony and neglect of official duties yesterday filed bail applications at the High Court in Banjul through their lawyers.
Sira Wally Ndow-Njai, Gambia’s former Minister of Petroleum alongside Momodou OS Badjie, ex-Managing Director of The Gambia National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC); Fafa Sanyang, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum; Edrissa Mass Jobe, a businessman; Muntaga Momodou Sallah, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum; Momodou Taal; Seedy Kanyi; Noah Touray, former Secretary to Cabinet; Louise Moses Mendy, and Cherno Marena, a former Solicitor General and Legal Secretary, are jointly and severally facing five counts charges including awarding and signing of contracts that they knew or had reasons to believe that they were not genuine.
Their lawyers applied for them to be given access to their families, lawyers, good food and proper medical attention at their detention centre.
The applicants were arraigned before a Banjul Magistrates’ Court on July 12 after being jointly and severally charged with the aforementioned offence.
However, during a hearing on July 14, Principal Magistrate Omar Cham said he would rely on Section 9 of the Economic Crime Act to order for the transfer of the matter to the High Court.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) S H Barkun did not object to the defence applications for the applicants’ access to their lawyers and families.
The presiding judge in his separate but similar rulings granted time to the state or respondent to respond to the bail application and further ordered the Director of Prisons to grant the applicants’ access to their families, lawyers, medical attention within the rules and regulations of the prison.
The presiding judge then adjourned all the cases to the 21st July 2016 for bail hearing.
by Fatou Sowe