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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Prosecution Given Last Chance in Ex-Justice Minister, Pa Harry Jammeh Case
The Magistrate court
in Banjul has given a last chance to the prosecution to proceed with the case
of the former Attorney General and minister of Justice, Lamin AMS Jobarteh, and
former solicitor general and legal secretary, Pa Harry Jammeh.
He made this
ruling after both parties made their submissions. Superintendent Sainey Joof
said the matter is still under investigation and urged the court to give last
chance when the case resume Tuesday 2, July, for hearing
The duo are facing 10
criminal counts ranging from conspiracy to defeat justice, to abuse of office,
official corruption, destroying evidence and neglect of official duty,
allegations they denied.
Jobarteh and Jammeh
are alleged to have conspired to defeat justice forcing Justice Joseph Wowo,
the acting Chief Justice of The Gambia to leave the country in a move to drop
or suppress criminal charges against Amie Bensouda and other staff members at
The charge further
accused Lamin AMS Jobarteh for corruptly soliciting and also received
three heads of cattle from the people of Chedoyel in CRR in return for the
cattle track he helped secure for them by virtue of his office.
Police said he also
removed the community tap situated near his newly bought compound at the Town’s
Bantaba in Bansang to unlawfully extend his newly bought compound, an arbitrary
act to the rights of the people of Bansang.
Pa Harry Jammeh, on
the other in the year 2009, while serving as the Sheriff of the High Court, in
abuse of his office, destroyed unspecified amount of cannabis and bullet
exhibits from the Mansa Konko and Basse Magistrates’ Courts without authority
and due regard to Section 95 of the Drug Control Act 2009.
Before the magistrates
ruling, the lead defense, Lamin S Camara objected that the application is
clearly a violation of fundamental rights of the accused persons as stated in
“The accused have a
right to a fair trial within a reasonable time” he said
Charges were filed
against the accused since the 20th June this year and applied for
adjournment because the matter was under investigation, and on the 25th
June, the court heard that the matter is still under investigation.
“is either the court
proceed or drop the charges hanging over the accused person” he said, “this
court granted the accused bail on the 25th , but it’s unfortunate to
inform this court that the accused are still under custody. The prosecution is
asking for an adjournment yet they refuse to comply with your order.”
prosecution told the court that investigation is for fair hearing. “They were
re-arrested for a different matter and a fresh charge has been filed this
morning” he said adding that the defense claim that he did not obey the court
orders did not exist, “everybody is entitle to a last chance” he concludes.
The magistrate in his
ruling said the re-arrest is another enforcement in which the court will not
comment, “I will adjourn the case for the last time’ he warned the prosecution.