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Court admits audit report in former Fisheries director & co case

Feb 19, 2016, 11:14 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

The trial judge, Justice Mahoney, in the economic crime case involving the former Director of Fisheries, Nfamara Dampha, and two other former senior Fisheries department officials Wednesday admitted the audit report from the National Audit Office, which the DPP tendered as an exhibit for ID purposes only.

Former Fisheries director Nfamara Dampha, Abdoulie Njie, senior fisheries assistant, and Musa Jawla, fisheries official, were charged with five counts of economic crime, neglect of official duty and disobedience of statutory duty.

When the case was called, DPP S.H. Barkun appeared for the state while defence counsel Bachilly appeared for the 2nd and 3rd accused. Counsel Bachilly also held brief for counsel L.S Camara and H.S. Sabally for the 1st accused.

The trial judge, in his ruling on the admissibility of the audit report from the National Audit Office, said he would not reject the document, but would admit it for ID purposes only, in the interest of justice.

It was then admitted and marked as ID 1.

DPP then gave the second fold of the document to the witness, Abdourahman Jobe, who confirmed it and he applied to tender, after the judge’s ruling.

The second part was also tendered and marked as ID 2.

At that juncture, the DPP informed the court that the last document they intended to tender in court had not been served on the defence, and that being the case he was applying for an adjournment to serve the defence with the document before tendering it in court.

Hearing in the case continues on 23 February 2016.