|Mr Graham is to remain under|
custody until next hearing
Friday, January 7, 2011
Social Security Boss Remanded
Mr. Edward Graham, former managing director of Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation accused of economic crimes has been denied bail by Magistrate Nkea of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Graham’s lawyer, Amie Bensouda had argued that his client needed an overseas medical treatment, but Magistrate Nkea said there is no medical evidence indicating that the type of surgery cannot be performed in The Gambia.
"The desire to have the surgery carried out only in the UK is one that can only be enjoyed a free man which the accused at this moment is not," Nkea said, expressing fear that Mr Graham may never return.
The trial magistrate instructed that Mr Graham be remanded, as the state counsel requests, pending completion of investigations into the matter.
Mr Graham is facing four charges of economic crimes; for directing the payment of D880, 250.00 without necessary collaterals and on terms detrimental to the economy of The Gambia.
Meanwhile the state has been ordered to end their investigations within 10 days.
The case resumes January 17