Jun 6, 2016, 12:16 PM
A two-count charge of economic crime had been pressed against three former senior staff of the Asset Management Recovery Corporation (AMRC), at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.
They are Abdoulie Tamba, former managing director of the corporation, Abdoulie Dibba and Yusupha M. Jaiteh, both former senior staff of the corporation.
When the case was called, the Director of Public Prosecutions, S.H. Barkun, notified the court that the prosecution had complied with the order made by the court for the name of the 1st accused person, Abdoulie Tamba, to be published in the Observer newspaper, and to be announced on GRTS radio.
However, he said, the accused did not appear and applied for the charges to be read in his absence, which was granted.
Defence counsel for the 2nd and 3rd accused persons, L.S. Camara, told the court that he had just been served with the charge sheet.
According to the particulars of the offence on count one, Abdoulie B. Tamba, Abdoulie Dibba, and Yusupha M. Jaiteh, between 2009 and 2010 in Banjul, within the jurisdiction of the court, whilst holding public office, willfully and recklessly caused monetary loss to the Asset Management and Recovery Corporation (AMRC), to the tune of D15, 450,000, by selling rice and cement to various Individuals on credit without proper collaterals and thereby committed an offence.
The charge sheet on count two stated that Abdoulie B. Tamba, Abdoulie Dibba, and Yusupha M. Jaiteh, between 2009 and 2010 in Banjul, within the jurisdiction of the court, whilst holding public office, willfully and recklessly, caused monetary loss to the AMRC, to the tune of D7, 200,000, by fraudulently converting same to the use of Samcad Holding Limited and thereby committed an offence.
The second and third accused persons vehemently denied the charge preferred against them, while the 1st accused was still reported to be at large.