Ex-financial attaché to Gambian Embassy in France arraigned for economic crime

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The former financial attaché of The Gambia Embassy in France; Faisal Bojang was recently arraigned before the High Court in Banjul, presided over by Justice Oleidi U. Uduma on economic crimes and related offences.

The prosecution alleged that the accused; Faisal Bojang on or about 14th of February 2014, whilst serving as financial attaché of the embassy in France, willfully and/or recklessly caused monetary loss to the government of The Gambia to the tune of twenty-seven thousand, five hundred Euros by withdrawing the said money without authorisation.

The prosecution also alleged that Faisal Bojang, sometime in the year 2014, whilst serving as financial attaché of the embassy in France, willfully and/or recklessly caused monetary loss to the government of The Gambia to the tune of thirty-four thousand Euros by withdrawing the said money without authorisation.

The prosecution further alleged that Faisal Bojang, sometime in the year 2014 in France, whilst serving as a financial attaché of The Gambia Embassy in France with intend to defraud forged the signature of the charge d’ affairs, Mrs. Adelle M. Sock and withdrew an amount of twenty-seven thousand, five hundred Euros, being the money of The Gambia government.

The prosecution alleged that Faisal Bojang, sometime between January 2009 and September 2011 at Brikama West Coast Region whilst serving as sub-treasury accountant of Brikama Sub-Treasury, awarded contracts for renovation and/ or maintenance of the governor’s office without due process.

The prosecution alleged that the former financial attaché, sometime between January 2009 and September 2011 at Brikama, West Coast Region, whilst serving as sub-treasury accountant of Brikama Sub-Treasury, West Coast Region, willfully and/or recklessly caused monetary loss to the government of The Gambia to the tune of six million, five hundred and ninety-two thousand, one hundred and seventy-two dalasis, fifty bututs by diverting the said money for unauthorised spending.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the six counts and the matter was adjourned to the 22nd October, 2018 for hearing.

State Counsel Lamin Jarju who is expected to call the first prosecution witness on the adjourned date led the prosecution.

Author: Bruce Asemota