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Financial Attache at Gambia Embassy in US Charged

Mar 17, 2009, 5:22 AM | Article By: Modou Sanyang

Mr Lamin Sanyang, Financial Attache at the Gambian Embassy in the UnitedState was yesterday arraigned before Principal Magistrate Edrissa Mbai of the Banjul Magistrates' Court charged with funds Received by Agents for Sale. He Vehemently denied the charge.

According to the particulars of the offence, the accused Lamin Sanyang some time in the month of March 2008 at Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia received the sum of USD 26, 761 from the Gambia Government for the purchase of Rock Master Drills, 5 pieces of VTX 620 (13HP) drill machine, and failed to deliver the items received in exchange for the money and thereby committed an offence.

ASP Touray, the prosecuting officer, told the court that the prosecution was applying for an adjournment to enable him call witnesses. He said the prosecution was also objecting to the bail for the accused person. He added that the investigation is still on going and the accused would tamper with the investigation if granted bail.

However the presiding Magistrate overruled the prosecution objection. According to him the reason advanced by the prosecution was not enough to deny the accused bail and also the offence is a bailable one.

He subsequently granted the accused bail on the following conditions: The accused shall have two Gambian sureties who must provide the court with two leasehold properties within the Greater Banjul area. Such properties must value at least one million dalasi each. The accused must deposit to the court all his travelling documents. He must be reporting to the Banjul Police Station to the OC every Friday between and .

The case was adjourned to 30th March 2009.