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Judge’s absence delays Sheikh Tijan Sosseh trial

Jan 29, 2015, 12:21 PM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

The economic crime case involving former WAAPP coordinator Sheikh Tijan Sosseh could not proceed before Justice Amadi of the Special Criminal Court, who was not in court due to his ill-health.

According to reliable sources, the trial judge was not feeling well since Monday and, as such, was excused from duty.

The case was adjourned to 2 February 2015.

State prosecutors accused Sheikh Tijan Sosseh in count one that, while employed as the project coordinator of the GEAPP, he failed and or omitted to fully apply the Euro 5.3 million grant from the World Bank, leaving unspent $76,489.20 which omission was detrimental to the economy of The Gambia, and the welfare of the Gambian people.

Count two stated that while employed in the public service of the Gambia as GEAPP coordinator, Sosseh neglected to effectively supervise the construction and rehabilitation of the Seed Multiplication Center at Chamen in The Gambia.

Sheikh Tijan Sosseh was further accused in count three that, while employed as the GEAPP coordinator, he recklessly paid D15, 895,125.25 to the general procurement service in spite of the shoddy construction and the rehabilitation works at Chamen Seed Multiplication Centre, and thereby caused economic loss to The Gambia, through the Ministry of Agriculture and the GEAPP.