Saturday, August 24, 2013
“I have no Gambian who can bail me with a landed property within the greater Banjul Area”. Ex-Chief Justice
Even though he was released on bail last Wednesday, Ex- chief justice Joseph Wowo was still under custody when he appeared at the High Court yesterday.
Joseph Wowo who was slammed with multiple charges alongside former justice minister Lamin A.M.S Jobarteh on Monday 19, told Justice Emmanuel Nkea that he couldn’t fulfill the bail condition adding that he’s not in good health condition.
He was released on bail to an amount of D,1 000, 000,00(one million dalasi) and two Gambian sureties by the same judge last week.
“I’m very sick” Wowo said. When the judge asked why he was still under custody, he replied that he has no Gambian who can bail him with a landed property within the greater Banjul area.
Meanwhile Wowo has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of abuse of office, frauds and breaches of trust, conspiracy to defeat justice, offences relating to judicial proceedings, giving false information to a public officer and assumption of authority.
Jobarteh on the other is only charge with two counts: conspiracy to defeat justice, offences relating to judicial proceedings
According to the indictments, the two with intend to obstruct, prevent or defeat justice conspired and coerced Mr Alieu Barry to succumb to negotiation over a pending case before the court of appeal which act was an interference with the due executions of legal proceedings pending before the court of appeal.
The charges further accuses Wowo of using powers by transferring the principal registrar of the High court; Mrs Mariama Ceesay Mboob to the Brikama High Court for her having refused his directive to delete paragraph two of his letter for being in conflict with his previous letter to the director general of the National Intelligence Agency against Mrs Amie Bensouda.
Charges they strongly denied.
Meanwhile they have been granted bail in the sum of one million dalasi with two Gambian sureties within the greater bajul area.
Justice Nkea has order that if the 1st accused Wowo is not admitted to bail at the end of the day, he should be make to see a doctor.
The case will resume today, 20 August, for hearing.