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Former Agric officials’ trial suffers setback

Jan 22, 2016, 10:14 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

The trial involving three senior Ministry of Agriculture officials could not proceed yesterday at the Banjul High Court.

The three officials are Lamin Fatajo, former project coordinator of the Rural Finance Project under the Ministry of Agriculture, Lamin Mass, former acting finance and administrative manager of the same project, and Ms Ada Gaye, former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture.

The case was set to proceed yesterday, but the trial judge was said to be attending a meeting.

Defence counsel Borry S. Touray and Sheriff M. Tambedou, as well as state counsel B. Drammeh, were seen in the courtroom taking a date.

It was later confirmed by lawyer Touray that the case was adjourned until 15 February 2016, at 3pm for continuation of the hearing.

The three officials were indicted on an 11-count criminal charge ranging from abuse of office, neglect of official duty, to economic crime, among others.

They all denied any wrongdoing.