Thursday, March 17, 2011
Former Social Security Boss Accused of Stealing D652, 250.00
Former managing director of Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC), Mr. Edward Graham who is standing trial on two charges has been accused of stealing the sum of D652, 250.00.
Arraigned yesterday at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, Mr Graham denied the allegation.
The particulars of offence indicates that the accused some times in 2009 stole the sum of D652, 250.00 (six hundred and fifty-two thousand two hundred and fifty dalasi) being the property of Mr. Ruth Sowe.
Meanwhile, the accused was granted bail in the sum of D1Million after a legal wrangling between Graham’s lawyer Abdul Aziz Bensouda and the prosecuting police officer.
The prosecutor without waiting for the defense to apply for a bail told the court that he was objecting to the bail for the accused. He said the court should not grant Graham a bail because of the huge amount of money involved.
Abdul Aziz Bensouda who said he was just hearing the charge said the offense is bailable, adding that the amount of money involved is not significant. He said the accused was the Managing Director of SSHFC and has many properties.
He made reference to another case in which the accused is involved before the High Court, where he was granted bailed. He added that the prosecution has not given reasons why the accused should not be bailed.
“There is no possibility of the accused absconding”, he said, stating that the offence is not punishable by death or life imprisonment”.