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SSHFC boss’s engagement at National Assembly hinders Sabally’s trial

May 13, 2015, 12:07 PM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

The Director of Public Prosecutions, SH Barkun, yesterday informed the court that his witness, Edward Graham, was at the National Assembly, which prevented him from going to court.

The DPP was speaking before Justice Amadi of the Special Criminal Court in the economic crime case involving the former Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs, Momodou Sabally.

When the case was called, the DPP said his witness, Edward Graham, and another witness, who are all from the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation, SSHFC, were at the National Assembly.

He said his arrangement was that one of them would have been before the Assembly and the other at the court to testify, but his clerk informed him the Assembly said they could not release either of them.

Senior Counsel Gaye said it seemed they had a push and pull between the legislature and the judiciary and that the witnesses were both wanted by the legislature and the judiciary, and since the parliament is where the laws are made he had no objection to let the witnesses attend to the Assembly.

Justice Amadi then adjourned the case for today.

Readers would recall that Sabally is facing an 8-count charge ranging from economic crimes to abuse of office, and including negligence and giving false information.

So far six witnesses have testified in the matter before the court.