Nov 14, 2008, 5:56 AM
The case involving Seedy Jaiteh, Gamcel Human Resources Director, could not proceed last Thursday before Magistrate Siranding Sanneh of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court.
Inspector Mballow, the prosecuting officer, told the court that he was applying for an adjournment, as the case file was still at the Attorney General's Chambers for legal advice.
He stated that the court had sounded a warning that the case had been adjourned earlier for the last time.
Prosecutor Mballow craved the court's indulgence for another adjournment, considering the amount involved.
He indicated that he was informed that progress had been made at the Attorney General's Chambers.
"I assure the court that by the next adjournment date the prosecution will be ready to proceed with their witness, and the case would be handled by the Attorney General's Chambers," Inspector Mballow told the court.
Defence counsel Lamin Camara did not object to the prosecution's application.
Magistrate Sanneh at this juncture told the prosecutor that the case had been dragging, and warned him to proceed on the next adjournment date.
The trial magistrate asked the defence counsel to advise his client and his sympathisers not to comment, while the case was proceeding.
Lawyer Camara then apologised to the court on behalf of his client.
The charge sheet revealed that the accused, Seedy Jaiteh, between January 2009 and August 2010, while an employee of Gamcel as Director of Human Resources, stole fuel coupons equivalent to D11,099,000, being the property of Gamcel, a charge, he has denied.