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Jailed Ex-Justice Minister to enter plea on new charge today

Feb 17, 2014, 9:39 AM | Article By: Malamin LM Conteh

Jailed former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lamin AMS Jobarteh, is today expected to take his plea on the new charge pressed against him by the state, at the High Court in Banjul before Justice M. Abdoulahi.

Jobarteh is currently serving a two-year jail term after being convicted twice by the Special Criminal Court Division of the High Court.

This new case was mentioned at the last sitting, but the charges were not read to him, as he (Jobarteh) said he did not know why he was in court on that day, and was not served with anything.

He was then served in court, and the case was adjourned to today for plea-taking.

It would be noted that Jobarteh is currently on trial at both the Special Criminal Court and Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

At the Special Criminal Court, Jobarteh is being tried on an eleven-count charge which included abuse of office, wrongfully retaking possession of land from person who obtained possession by writ of court, economic crime, giving false information to a public officer, forcible entry, operating business without a license, among others.

The charges at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court are abuse of office and destroying evidence.