Sep 18, 2015, 1:31 PM
The case file involving the Commissioner General of the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) Bakary Sanyang and 13 others has been sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers for legal advice, the Banjul Magistrates’ Court was told yesterday.
The accused persons are charged with 14 counts of neglect of official duty, perjury, making false and misleading statement, defraud of the government tax revenue, economic crimes and uttering false documents.
The other accused persons are Musukebba Corr, former Commissioner of Domestic Tax GRA, Louie Gillen, senior officer at GRA, Mamour Joof senior officer at GRA, Muhammed Krubally, Serign Bamba Saho, Selia Cole, Neneh Jallow, Remeh Jagane, Emmanuel E. Chime, Rene Renner, Ebrima Kebbeh, Momodu Sanneh and Fatou Sonko.
When their case was announced, the prosecuting officer, Superintendent Joof, told the court that the prosecution was applying for an adjournment on the grounds that the case file was sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers for legal advice.
He added that the AG Chambers might handle the case, and on that basis the prosecution was applying for an adjournment.
Responding to the prosecution’s application for an adjournment, defence counsel Awa Ceesay-Sabally told the court if the state was having the case file now, they should have been here in court.
She revealed that the 4th and 2nd accused persons are suffering from serious diabetes, and it was the duty of the state to provide them with the necessary medication pending the outcome of the bail application at the high court in
Lawyer Badou S.M. Conteh also told the court that since the case file has been sent to AG Chambers for advice, the police are no longer representing the state, but instead the AG Chambers.
He added that the prosecution said the case might be handled by the AG Chambers, which was not specific.
“I think it would be proper for the state to come forward and tell the court about their level of preparation, either the AG Chambers to take over the case or the police,” counsel stated.
Counsel further contended that even the charged sheet was very confusing, because the accused persons did not know how much sum each was allegedly involved.
The case was then adjourned till 18 June 2012, for continuation.
It would be recalled that during their first appearance in court, Bakary Sanyang, Musukebba Corr, Louie Gillen and Mamour Joof were denied bail and consequently remanded in custody.
Serign Bamba Saho, Emmanuel E. Chime, Ebrima Kebbeh, Momodou Sanneh and Fatou Sanko were granted bail of D300,000 each with two Gambian sureties, who must swear to an affidavit of means.
The bail conditions further stipulated that the accused persons should surrender their travel documents to the registrar of the court.
The particulars of offence on count one stated that Bakary Sanyang, Musukebba Corr, Louie Gillen and Mamour Joof, between 1999 and 2011, at the Gambia Revenue Authority, by virtue of their employment as senior staff of the GRA, they neglected their official duties causing economic loss to the tune of D2,528,894 688.37 to the Government of The Gambia.
Count two stated that Louie Gillen between 1999 and 2011, at the GRA in
Count three stated that Louie Gillen, Serign Saho, Selia Cole and Muhammed K. Krubally between 1999 and 2011, in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, whilst on oath they lied to the tax evasion commission.
Count four stated that Louie Gillen, Serign Bamba Saho, Selia Cole and Muhammmed K. Krubally, between 1990 and 2011, in
Count five stated that Neneh Jallow, Remeh Jagne and Emmanuel Chime, in 2010, in
Count six read that Louie Gillen, between 1990 and 2011, in
Count seven indicated that Bakary Sanyang, between 1990 and 2012, in
Count eight also indicated that Bakary Sanyang, between 1990 and 2011, in
Count nine revealed that Mamour Joof, between 1990 and 2011, in
Count ten further revealed that Louie Gillen some time in 1990 and 2011, in
Count eleven read that Bakary Sanyang, Musukebba Corr, Louie Gillen and Mamour Joof, some time in 1990 and 2011, in
Count twelve indicated that Reneh Remer, between 1990 and 2011, in
Furthermore, count thirteen indicates that Ebrima Kebbeh, between 1990 and 2011, in
And count fourteen stated that Momodu Sanneh and Fatou Sonko, between 1990 and 2011, in