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Benedict Jammeh and Co to take plea today

Apr 30, 2013, 10:54 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Former director-general of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), Benedict Jammeh, and three other ex-senior officers of the same agency, are today expected to enter into their plea on the charges preferred against them by the state at the Banjul High Court.

The other senior officers are Commissioner Yusupha Jatta, former NDEA director of administration, Foday Barry, former director of intelligence and investigation at the agency, and Abdoulie Ceesay, former spokesperson of the agency.

They were arraigned last Thursday and charged with 92 counts, which included economic crime, theft, abuse of office, giving false information and negligence.

 However, the case was adjourned till today for plea-taking.

It would be recalled that the former top brass of the NDEA were earlier arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, and charged with eleven counts. 

However, the case was transferred to the Banjul High Court as the magistrate court lacked jurisdiction to try economic crime cases.