Aug 4, 2015, 10:59 AM
The jailed former attorney general and minister of Justice, Lamin AMS Jobarteh, was Monday arraigned with three new charges before Justice M. Abdoulie of the Banjul high court.
Jobarteh was in count one charged with economic crime; that in July 2013 being the attorney general and minister of Justice, he recklessly caused monetary loss to the Gambia Revenue Authority, a public body, by constituting a taskforce which re-assessed and reviewed downward the tax liability of several tax defaulters as found by the Tax Commission.
In count two, Jobarteh was alleged to have given false information to a public officer; that being the attorney general and minister of Justice, he falsely informed the Office of the President that over D200 million had been recovered from the tax defaulters and deposited into the GRA account with GT Bank.
Count three stated that, between July 2012 and 2013 in Banjul, being the attorney general and minister of Justice, he informed the commissioner general of the Gambia Revenue Authority that there was a cabinet approval to establish a taskforce to re-assess the tax liability of defaulters as shown in the Tax Commission’s report, knowing such information to be false.
Jobarteh denied any wrongdoing, and the matter was adjourned to 16 April 2014.