Thursday, June 30, 2011

GAMCOTRAP Officials’ Theft Case Adjourned

Amie Bojang

The theft trial involving two senior officials of Gamcotrap, women’s rights NGO has been adjourned till July 15.
Dr. Isatou Touray, executive director and Amie Bojang Sissoho, programme coordinator of GAMCOTRAP couldn’t put up defence yesterday at the Banjul Magistrate’s Court as the lead defense counsel, Amie Bensouda was not available.
She was reportedly engaged in a different matter at a higher court.
 “The lead defense counsel who has prepared the defence is unavailable,” lawyer Lamin Mboge, a member of the defense team informed the court.
 He said the senior counsel wants to lead the accused persons in their defence and urged the court to adjourn the case.

The two prominent gender and human rights defenders are accused of stealing €30, 000.00 provided to them by YALOCAMBA SOLIDARIDAD, a Spain-based NGO, but denied any wrong doing.
Eight state witnesses had testified in the trial, but the defense team had argued that their testimonies did not in any way link the accused persons to the said crime.
However, the defense’s request for the court to quash the allegations was dismissed by Magistrate Alagbe, who insisted that the duo have a case to answer.

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