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Brikama fish market staff case continues

Aug 26, 2011, 12:26 PM | Article By: Yai Dibba-Jallow

The trial of one Habibou Cham, manager of Brikama Fish Market, and Baba Fadera, financial manager of the fish market, continued recently at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court.

The two are being tried on charges of forgery, fraud and failure to regulate compliance with the Social Security.

Testifying, Isatou Tamba, technical manager of the Brikama Fish Market, told the court she was called by someone who asked her about the receipts.

She said she told the caller that she was sent to confirm the receipts, but the caller told her that those receipts were false.

She added that after confirming that those receipts were false, she then proceeded to the shop at the Brikama Fish Market where she met the shopkeeper, one Alhagie Njagga.

She said she asked him about the same receipts and the shopkeeper told her that those receipts gave him a problem, because they were not from him.

The witness further revealed that there were four receipts, two from Alhagie Njagga and two from Touray’s brothers.

She said she later called the Japanese Consultant Tuchair and informed him about the receipts and was advised by Tuchair to keep them until he came back to the Gambia.

Still testifying, she told the court that when Tuchair came, she went with him to the said shop of Alhagie Njagga, who told him the same story.

She said a meeting was held where Tuchair told her that he would pay for any receipt (she the witness) recommended, adding that she went through the receipts and identified the one they were buying from the project.

Hearing continues on 29 August 2011.

The charge sheet on count one stated that in 2010, at the Brikama Fish Market, with intent to defraud, the accused persons jointly forged two receipts and sealed the same to the Japanese representative being the donor of the Brikama Fish Market, that they had spent over D300,000 on repairs and maintenance.

Count two stated that in the same year and place, being employed as manager and financial manager respectively, and by virtue of such positions, the accused persons forged two receipts with intent to defraud the donor (the Japanese).

And count three read that in the same year and place, the accused persons, being manager and financial manager respectively, failed to remit Social Security and Housing Financial Corporation benefit deducted from the staff salaries, to the corporation.