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Ben and Co deny all 90 counts

May 3, 2013, 10:25 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Benedict Jammeh, former director-general of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), and his co-accused persons yesterday denied all the 90 counts preferred against them by the state at the Banjul High Court before Justice M. Abdoulahi.

The other accused persons are Abdoulie Ceesay, former public relations officer of the agency, Foday Barry, former agency director of intelligence and investigation, and Yusupha Jatta, the agency’s former director of administration.

They face a 90-count charge which includes economic crime, abuse of office, giving false information, false publication, false broadcasting, theft, fabricating evidence and negligence.

Yesterday’s court proceeding saw the accused persons entering their plea on the remaining counts, after giving their plea to the first 45 counts on 30 April 2013.

After the plea-taking, the defence counsel Badou S.M, Conteh, who is defending the 1st and 4th accused persons, Benedict Jammeh and Yusupha Jatta, applied for an adjournment to enable him go through the bill of indictment.

The application was granted and the case was adjourned till 13th May 2013, for hearing.