Jun 18, 2009, 7:47 AM
Three former senior officers of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) yesterday denied 21-count charge preferred against them by the state at the Banjul High Court before Justice M. Abdullah.
They are Abdoulie Ceesay, former spokesperson of the NDEA, Foday Barry, the agency’s former director of intelligence and investigation, and Yusupha Jatta, the agency’s former director of administration.
Meanwhile, the 1st accused person, Benedict Jammeh, the agency’s former director-general was still reported to be absent from court.
The 21-count charge includes economic crimes, abuse of office, negligence of official duties, fabricating evidence, false publication, stealing, among others
When the case was called, the three accused persons entered into the dock, and the 21 counts charged were read over to them by the court, which they all denied.
After the plea-taking, the defence counsel, Ozuma, applied for the accused persons to continue enjoying the bail which was granted to them, and his application was granted by the court.