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Marie Sanneh granted bail

Jul 12, 2010, 1:24 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

The high court in Banjul presided over by Justice Emmanuel Amadi on Friday granted bail to Marie Sanneh, who is standing trial alongside four former officials of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA).

The four are Ibrahim Bun Sanneh, former Executive Director NDEA, his assistant, Karamo Bojang, Ousman Sanneh, former Commissioner of Operations and Seedou Bojang, former NDEA accounts officer.

Marie Sanneh is said to be a step daughter to Ibrahim Bun Sanneh.

Defence counsel Sagarr C.T. Jahateh and Pap Cheyassin Ousman Secka, lawyers representing Mrs. Sanneh, filed a 55-paragraph affidavit in support of her bail application.

The state represented by the Director of Public Prosecutions R.N. Chenge and his deputy, M. Abdullahi, did not file any affidavit in opposition.

She was granted bail in the sum of D500, 000 with one Gambian surety who must have a landed property within Banjul or Greater Banjul Area, deposit his National Identification Card, and swore to an affidavit of means. However, the court also ordered for her travelling documents to be forfeited to the state.

Ibrahim Bun Sanneh and co-accused are facing charges under a 30-count charge, including conspiracy to commit felony, stealing by person in public service, aiding and abetting, unlawfully possession of firearms, and live ammunitions, concealment and destroying of evidence, official corruption, abuse of office, committing economic crimes, obtaining money by false pretence, making a document without authority and forgery.

Hearing continues.