May 20, 2008, 6:14 AM
(Tuesday 05 January 2010 Issue)
The Director of Public Prosecution, Richard N. Chenge, yesterday told the Banjul Magistrates' Court that the state is soon expected to receive the auditor's report in connection with the criminal case involving Justice Amina Saho-Ceesay and Judicial Secretary Haruna Jaiteh.
According to the prosecutor, the state expects to receive the auditor's report between 6 to 8 January 2010. This would enable the prosecution to ascertain exactly how much each of the accused persons allegedly embezzled during their tenure of office.
DPP Chenge further told the court that the state may consider consolidating the charges against the accused persons and was, therefore, applying for an adjournment.
In response, defence counsel Lamin Camara said that "if there would be any consolidation of the charges against the accused persons, then they must be served prior to the adjourned date."
The case was then adjourned to 15th January 2010.
It could recalled that Justice Amina Saho-Ceesay, being a civil servant, between 2005 to 2009, was alleged to have stolen, at Sheriff Division of the High Court, an amount of two million Dalasis and US $1000 being the property of The Gambia government.
Haruna Jaiteh the Judicial Secretary, being a civil servant, between 2005 to 2009, at the Sheriff Division of the High Court, was also alleged to have stolen an amount of D1, 017,000, being the property of The Gambia government.