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Gamtel economic crime suspect charged

Jul 21, 2014, 1:12 PM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The director of public prosecution, SH Barkun, had filed in a three-count charge of economic crimes against one Tahar Haquari at the High Court, presided over by Justice Mikailu Abdulahi.

Tahar Haquari was alleged to have diverted international calls from the country’s main telecommunications giant (Gamtel).

However, Tuesday’s proceedings could not continue as expected due to the absence of the defence counsel from court.

The case at that point was adjourned till 24 July 2014.

The particulars of offence on count one disclosed offence that the accused, Tahar Haquari and others now at large, sometime between April and May 2014, in Senegambia in the West Coast Region of The Gambia, did commit an offence to wit, caused economic losses to GAMTEL to the tune of D611,340,03 by installing a giant Simbox, which he used to divert international calls from the GAMTEL international gateway, an act detrimental to the economy of The Gambia, and thereby committed an offence.

On count two the particulars stated that the accused and others now at large on the said date, time and place, conspired to cause economic losses to Gamtel, by installing a giant Simbox in order to divert international calls from the said company’s international calls gateway, which is detrimental to the economy of The Gambia.

The particulars on count three revealed that the accused and others now at large, on the same date, time and place, committed an offence by means of fraudulent device, he used and obtained D115,677 from QCell Company Ltd, by installing a giant Simbox and diverting QCell international calls, thereby committed the offence.

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