Friday, May 3, 2013

Ex-Embattled Jammeh & Co. Case Set For Trial

Hearing will begin in the trial of ex-embattled director general of National Drug Enforcement Agency NDEA together with three top officials come May 13, 2013.

Benedict Jammeh, ex-NDEA PRO Abdoulie Ceesay, Foday Barry, former director of Intelligence and Investigations at Holgam of the NDEA and Commissioner Yusupha Jatta, former head of the NDEA in the West Coast Region are on trial in Banjul at the High Court.

It’s barely 72 hours, when Benedict and his co-accused denied 45 counts of economic crime, false publication, false information, abuse of office, and fabricating evidence.

When the case resume yesterday, May 2, all the accuse pleaded not guilty on the remaining 45 counts, making it 90 counts.

They are accused of extracting monies from the 38, 500 Euros recovered, which they used for organizing a party for their operatives, which monies should have been tendered as exhibits to the court.

The charges further alleged that the accused persons gave false information to the Office of the President and the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) that one Assan Touray was wanted for drug-related offences.

They are also said to have fabricated evidence that Abdurahman Touray of Pristine Company was wanted in The Gambia for drug-related offences in which they preferred criminal charges against him and presented it to the Gambia Police Force which was later found to be false.

The indictments further accused them of unlawfully terminating and dismissing the services of twenty (20) NDEA officers without authority, while in office as public officers.

Which allegations they all denied

Benedict Jammeh was appointed as NDEA director general in 2010 after the removal of IbrahimBun Sanneh who is currently serving his sentence at the mile 2 central prison. Jammeh has also served as NIA director general in 2008, Inspector General of Police in 2007.

Author: Binta A Bah


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