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Fraudster convicted for economic crime

Dec 19, 2016, 10:46 AM | Article By: Bruce Asemota

Justice E.O. Dada of the High Court in Banjul recently convicted one Abdel Gadir Muhammed El-Tayyib after he was found guilty of economic crime, cheating and conspiracy to commit felony.

The convicted was first arraigned on 12 January 2015, and he pleaded not guilty to five counts after they were read to him.

The prosecution led by state counsel Auwalu Yakubu called two witnesses and tendered several exhibits, and closed the prosecution’s case.

The convict opened his defence, and brief of arguments were ordered by the court.

The parties filed their briefs of arguments and they were adopted, after which the case was adjourned for judgment.

In her judgment, presiding Judge E.O. Dada found Abdel Gadir Muhammed El-Tayyib guilty and convicted him on the five-count charge.

He was sentenced to three years imprisonment with hard labour and was further ordered to pay the sum of D2,150,650 (Two million, one hundred and fifty thousand, six hundred and fifty dalasi) to the state.

The presiding judge disclosed that the convict should pay the sum within six months and failure to pay he would risk forfeiting his personal assets worth the money to the state.