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Jailed former Justice Minister faces fresh charges at High Court

Feb 5, 2014, 9:18 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The jailed former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Lamin AMS Jobarteh, was Monday slammed with fresh charges, at the Banjul High Court before Justice M. Abdoulahi.

Jobarteh, who is currently serving a two-year jail term after being convicted twice by the Special Criminal Court Division of the High Court, was brought to court without legal representation.

He argued that he did not know the reason why he was brought to court on that day, noting that he was not even served with anything.

At that juncture, Jobarteh was served by the court, but his plea could not be taken.

As a result, the case was adjourned to 17 February 2014, 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 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.