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Lang Conteh commences defence in theft case

May 15, 2015, 9:44 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Lang Conteh, former general manager at the Kanilai Family Farms, yesterday commenced his defence testimony before Principal Magistrate MS Jallow at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

The charge sheet read in court stated that Lang Conteh, sometime between 2012 and 2013 in Banjul, stole D1,538,804.95 being the property of Kanilai Family Farms, and thereby committed an offence.

Testifying before a crowded courtroom, Lang Conteh told the court he currently resides in Bundung in the Kanifing Municipality.

Prior to becoming Kanilai Family Farms manager, he was an economist by profession, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Virgin University of America in 1992.

He also obtained Bachelor’s degree in science and accounting in 1992 and 1993.

He was accredited as a certified member of the institution of management accounting in Virgin University in America.

In 1996, he pursued a degree in Micro Economics at the Economics Institution of the University of Colorado in the United States of America.

In 1999, he successfully completed requirements for a degree in Business and International Economics, and it was confirmed by one of the universities in America in 2000.

During his stay in the United States of America, he worked briefly with almost all the key banks in the USA as a security/financial analyst.

When he returned to the country in 2000, he served the country at the Central Bank of The Gambia, as principal foreign exchange officer at the time.

In 2002, he was promoted as foreign exchange manager at the Central Bank responsible for managing the country’s rates system.

It was also part of his responsibility and portfolio for The Gambia to meet international standards and to maintain rates and price stability as officer in charge.

In 2003, he retired as an officer from the Central Bank of The Gambia, he said, adding that he voluntarily retired being at the right age for retirement.

The case was adjourned to 1 June 2015.

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