Thursday, July 11, 2013

Two Additional Charges Against Ex-Justice Minister Jobarteh

Gambian Police Tuesday filed charges against former Attorney General and minister of Justice, Lamin AMS Jobarteh, for economic crimes allegations.  

Police said the accused between 2010 and 2013 in Bansang, deliberately fail to pay income tax and domestic and rate taxes on his lodge in Bansang, an act detrimental to the economy of the Gambia.
The charge further accused him of setting up a hoax committee to discreet the findings of a lawfully constituted, while serving at the Attorney General of The, Gambia without authority and with intent to injure the economy of the Gambia,

However, the accused did not take his plea but the prosecution has made an application for the case to be to transfer at the High Court. He also urged the court to refuse the accused person’s bail.

His lawyer, Lamin Mboge urged the court to grant the accused bail as it’s an bail able offence.  “The application of the prosecution of this case to the High Court leaves the court with power to grant bail to the accused” he said.

He told the court to have regard for the status of the accused who has more than 20 years experience in the Bar and an office of the court cannot be denied right by the same court.

Meanwhile he has been granted bail in the sum of one million dalasi pending his appearance at the High Court.

Author: Binta A Bah

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