Jul 12, 2013, 11:01 AM
The case involving Dr Gumbo Ali Touray could not proceed on Wednesday at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, as the prosecution witness supposed to be cross-examined was absent.
Meanwhile, the trial magistrate has threatened to expunge the evidence of the witness should he fail to appear in court by the next adjourned date for cross-examination.
The case was then adjourned till 17 April 2012, for continuation of cross-examination.
Prior to the adjournment of the case, Superintendent Joof applied under the Criminal Procedure Code to amend the charge.
He submitted that the amended charge was filed on 15 March 2012 and the amendment was on the particulars of offence, which include ‘offering of contracts.’
The defence counsel did not raise any objection to the application.
According to the amended particulars of offence, Dr Gumbo A. Touray, in March 2011, in Banjul, wrote a petition letter to the Office of the President that the Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, Professor Muhammadou Kah, is employing his relatives, making it a university of ‘Mboka’, offering contracts without tender to relatives, offering preferential treatments to foreigners and had dissolved all committees and councils of the university to the frustration and dissatisfaction of the staff, which information he knew was false.