State adopts money-laundering case

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the High Court in Banjul has adjourned the criminal trial involving the State against Lamin Janneh for ruling after State and defence adopted their brief of arguments.

The accused person; Lamin Janneh is standing trial on four counts of conspiracy to commit felony, money laundering and financing terrorism contrary to the laws of The Gambia.

On count one, the prosecution alleged that the accused between the period of June and October 2016 at diverse places in the Kanifing Municipality, conspired with one Sankung Janneh who is in Libya to collect and transfer money for the release of abducted persons.

On count two, the prosecution alleged that the accused between the period of June and October 2016 at diverse places in the Republic of The Gambia received the sum of Two million, three Hundred and fifteen thousand, five hundred dalasis (D2, 315, 500.00) for payment of ransom from various relatives of captives in Libya to secure their release from Sankung Janneh captivity knowing that the money is proceeds of a crime.

On count three, the prosecution alleged that the accused person between the period of June and October 2016 transferred the sum of one million, five Hundred thousand Dalasi (D1, 500, 000. 00) to Libya for payment of ransoms to release Gambians under the captivity and abduction of Sankung Janneh knowing that the money is proceeds of a crime.

On count four, the prosecution alleged that the accused between the period of June and October 2016 at diverse places directly or indirectly provided funds to Sankung Janneh in Libya having reasonable belief that the funds would be used to carry out a terrorist act.

The prosecution called seven witnesses to prove its case against the accused person and at the close of the prosecution case the defence filed a no case to answer submission.

The State represented by Counsel Binta Samura filed a reply to the no case to answer submission on the 8th May, 2019.

During yesterday’s sitting, both the Defence and State Counsel adopted their brief of arguments and the matter was adjourned to the 17th June 2019, for ruling by the presiding judge, Justice Ebrima Jaiteh.

Author: Bruce Asemota