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High profile criminal cases to resume, as superior courts’ vacation ends

Oct 1, 2012, 10:53 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

A number of high-profile criminal cases are expected to resume at the superior courts in Banjul, which begin sittings today after a two-month break.

Among the high profile cases to resume is the ongoing trial involving former police chief Ensa Badjie alongside two former senior military officers, Lt Col Mam Matarr Secka and Major Kuluteh Manneh.

They were arraigned at the Special Criminal Court on charges including conspiracy to commit felony, obtaining money by false pretence, economic crime, obtaining goods by false pretence, official corruption, sedition, abuse of office, among others. They had since denied the charges.

Also to resume at the Special Criminal Court is the economic crime case involving a former cashier of the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), Jahou Jammeh.

 Jahou Jammeh was alleged to have caused the loss of D6 million to the economy of The Gambia while under the employment of the Gambia Ports Authority as a cashier, a charge she had since denied.

The alleged murder case involving two former officers of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), Edrissa Jarju and Edrissa Jaiteh, is also expected to resume at the same court in Banjul.

The two officers were alleged to have, some time in 2011 at Manjai Kunda within the jurisdiction of the court,  murdered one Alpha Omar Jallow, by beating him while the deceased was in their custody and to have thereby committed an offence.

Another high profile case expected to resume is one of five counts of economic crime, two counts of abuse of office, and three counts of neglect of official duty, involving former senior officials at the Ministry of Agriculture in Banjul.

The accused persons are Alhagie Bakary Trawally, former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Amadou Sowe, former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Kekoi Kuyateh, former deputy permanent at the Ministry of Agriculture, Modou Lamin Ceesay, a businessman, Awa Sey Touray, former supplies officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Seedy Jarju, former program coordinator at the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Mustapha Ceesay, former deputy director general, NARI, Modou Mbye Jabang,  and Yusupha Jawara.

Their case is expected to resume at the Brikama High Court.

A case of two counts of concealment of treason and perjury, involving Abdoulie Njie and Alieu Lowe, is also expected to resume at the special criminal court in Banjul.

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