Friday, June 17, 2011

Court Refuses to Quash Theft Charge on GAMCOTRAP Officials


Dr Touray and Amie Bojang

Two officials of Gamcotrap, Dr Isatou Touray and Amie Bojang who are accused of theft have a case to answer, magistrate Alagbe in Banjul said yesterday.
Dr Isatou Touray, executive director and Amie Bojang Sissoho, programme coordinator of GAMCOTRAP are accused of stealing €30, 000.00 provided by YALOCAMBA SOLIDARIDAD, a Spain-based NGO, but denied wrong-doing.
The ruling followed defense counsels’ demand for the court to quash charge on the women rights activists for lack of evidence, in spite of the testimonies of eight state witnesses.
“The issue is not whether the prosecution has proven case, but to establish prima facie,” Alagbe said. “The court taking the present evidence holds that prima facie has been proven.”
He ruled in favour of the state and ordered the accused person to enter defense.
The trial resumes June 28, 2011.

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