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Charges withdrawn, interdiction rescinded, in case of NDEA officers

Jan 18, 2011, 11:56 AM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

The public relations officer of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), ASP Abdoulie Ceesay, has confirmed to The Point that the charges against two NDEA officers before the Special Criminal Court in Banjul have been withdrawn, and their interdiction rescinded.

Lamin Karbou (alias Lang Ka) and Lamin Sima, who were indicted and arraigned, first at the Banjul Magistrates' Court, had their charges withdrawn.

This development was announced recently during the hearing of the case, when the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Mikailu Abdullihi, told the court that state was applying to withdraw the charges against the two men.

The presiding judge, Justice Ikpala, subsequently granted the application. He struck out the charges, then acquitted and discharged the accused persons.

The charges at the High Court included conspiracy to defraud, obtaining money by false pretence, obstructing public officers, possession of prohibited drugs or control drugs.

According to spokesperson of NDEA, the two men have since resumed work.