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Former KMC deputy Mayor arraigned for alleged visa fraud

Nov 14, 2014, 9:55 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Yusupha Sanyang, a former deputy mayor in the Kanifing Municipality, was yesterday arraigned before Magistrate Junkung Jobarteh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

He was accused of obtaining from Lamin Saho and Lamin Joof D250,000 and 700 Euros (equivalent to D37,100) respectively, under the pretext of securing them a European visa, a representation he knew to be false at the time, according to the charge preferred against him by the prosecutors.

The alleged fraudulent visa transaction took place in April 2014 in Bakoteh.

Mr Sanyang denied any wrongdoing.

He was granted bail with two Gambian sureties in the sum of D150,000 each, who should swear to an affidavit of means and surrender their ID cards.

Mr Sanyang was ordered to surrender his current passport to the registrar of the court.

Sergeant 2250 Oley Bobb represented the IGP.

The case was adjourned to 26 November 2014, for hearing.

In a similar case, Yusupha Sanyang was on the same day arraigned before Magistrate Fatou Darboe at the same court for allegedly obtaining D113,000 and 400 Euros (equivalent to D21,200) respectively from one Ousman Sanyang, under the pretext that he was going to secure the latter’s brother a Bosnia visa and air ticket, which representation was false and he knew to be false at the time.

The prosecutors, in their charge sheet, further stated that the alleged visa scam took place between February and April 2014, at Bakoteh. Yusupha Sanyang denied the allegation.

He was subsequently granted bail of D400,000 with two Gambian sureties, who should deposit their ID cards and swear to an affidavit of means.

Corporal 544 Jaiteh stood in for the IGP.

The case was adjourned to 25 November 2014, for hearing.