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Ex-IGP Badjie, others arraigned for robbery, as 4th accused absconds

May 24, 2010, 11:26 AM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

The embattled former Inspector General of Police, Ensa Badjie, and two others, were last Friday 21st May 2010 arraigned before the Special Criminal Court of the High Court in Banjul.

The other accused persons are CSP Ali Ceesay, a prison officer, and Kemeseng Kolley also a prison officer, who were both present in court. However, the fourth accused, Omar Jahateh, a police prosecutor, was reported to have absconded.

The charges pressed against the accused persons were not read to them in court, but range from conspiracy to commit a felony, robbery with violence, receiving stolen property, aiding and abetting, robbery, conspiracy to commit misdemeanor, aiding prisoner to escape, official corruption, conspiracy to defeat justice and interference with witnesses, deceiving witnesses, offences relating to judicial proceeding, to using criminal charms, among others.

When the case was called for mention, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Richard N. Chenge, told the court that the fourth accused, Omar Jahateh, is on the run and they were unable to get hold of him.

The DPP then applied for an adjournment so that the 4th accused person, who is on the run, can be arrested and brought before the court on the next adjournment date, as the NIA are still searching for him.

"We may apply for his name to be struck out, if he is not arrested and brought before this court on the next adjournment date," the DPP added.

Justice Emmanuel Joseph Ikpala then adjourned the case to 27th May 2010, when the accused persons are expected to take their plea on the charges.