Dec 22, 2014, 10:19 AM
The D1.4M economic crime case involving former Permanent Secretaries at the Department of State for Agriculture, Dr Badara Loum and Suruwa Jaiteh, resumed yesterday at the Banjul High Court before Justice Joseph Wowo.
When the case was called, the State Counsel A.H Bakum applied for the case to be heard in Chambers since the witness is a security officer. The court later granted the application.
The defence counsels Sheriff Tambedou and Lamin Camara, objected to the State Counsel application, but they were however overruled.
It could be recalled that the duo, former Permanent Secretaries at the Department of State for Agriculture, are standing trial on a charge of economic crime. They had since denied the charge.
According to the particulars of the alleged offence, Dr Badara Loum and Suruwa Jaiteh as Permanent Secretaries at the Department of State for Agriculture being the accounting officers thereof and entrusted with the responsibility of distributing and selling 4775 metric tonnes of