Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bail Condition on Pristine Official Challenged

 The bail condition imposed on Mr Assan Touray, chief technology officer of Pristine Consulting, a Gambian IT firm by a High Court is being challenged at Special Criminal Division.
Mr Assan Touray and Mr Abdourahman Touray, the CEO are charged on two counts of economic crimes, one count of conspiracy to defraud the public and one count of theft.
Details of the indictment revealed that the two men sold and withheld Gambia government’s share of over twenty seven million dalasi when engaged by government to produce biometric national identity cards and other official documents. 
Mr Assan Touray has denied the charges, but Mr Abdourahman Touray, was indisposed on Monday. He was declared wanted before the trial.
Justice Awa Bah had earlier granted bail to Mr Assan, but in the sum of ten million dalasi and two Gambian sureties who must each possess a landed property worth ten million dalasi.
Mr Assan is unable to fulfill the bail condition and he is being remanded.
Ida Drammeh, lawyer for the accused persons on Monday urged Justice Ikpala of the Special Criminal Division to reconsider the bail condition.
Ikpala however said the application before him is improper. “It should be application of notice and not application of expert,” he said.
The defense counsel however argued that the reason for ‘expert is matter of urgency’ and that her application is proper.
The case resumes May 11.

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