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Ex-Agric officials’ case resumes

Nov 27, 2012, 9:41 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The economic crime case involving former senior ministry of Agriculture officials resumed yesterday at the Brikama High Court before Justice Emmanuel Ahmadi.

However, the case could not proceed as Simon Abi, deputy Director of Special Litigation at the Attorney General Chambers, applied for an adjournment on the grounds that the state wished to amend the charge preferred against the accused persons.

The state counsel’s application was accepted, and the case was adjourned till 5 December 2012, for continuation.

The accused persons are Alhagie Bakary Trawally, former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Momodou Mbye Jabang, former program coordinator at the Ministry of Agriculture, Modou Ceesay a businessman, Dr Amadou Sowe, former permanent at the ministry of Agriculture, Kekoi Kuyateh, former deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of agriculture, Dr Mustapha Ceesay,  former deputy director general NARI, Awa Sey Touray, former supplies officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Seedy Jarju, and Yusupha Jawara. 

They were charged with five counts of economic crime, three counts of uttering false documents and two counts of negligence of official duties.

It would be recalled that several prosecution witnesses have testified in the case, and the prosecution also tendered several exhibits, but the case has also seen several adjournments.