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Ex-NDEA officers’ trial deferred

Jun 26, 2013, 11:01 AM | Article By: Malamin LM Conteh

The trial involving former senior officials of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) was yesterday deferred at the Banjul High Court before Justice M. Abdullahi.

The accused persons are former spokespersons of the NDEA Abdoulie Ceesay, the former director of investigation and intelligence at the agency, Foday Barry, and former director of administration of the agency, Yusupha Jatta.

They are being tried under a 21-count criminal charge which includes economic crime, giving false information, fabricating evidence, abuse of office, negligent of official duty, theft, among others.

When the case was called, the state counsel M. Abubacarr announced his representation for the state, while defence counsel Ozuma  announced his representation for the 3rd accused, Foday Barry and also held brief for counsel BSM Conteh, who was representing the 1st and 4th accused persons.

State counsel Abubacar then applied for an adjournment on the grounds that the witness intended to be called by the state was not in court, which was not opposed by the defence counsel.

The court granted his application, and adjourned the case to 11 July 2013, for hearing.