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Trial of 14 Immigration Officers, others Resumes Today

Aug 11, 2009, 10:14 AM

The case of 14 Immigration Officers attached to the Gambia International Airport, three other civilians and a Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Security Officer, who were arrested and charged with alleged forgery and official corruption, is expected to resume today Tuesday 11th August, 2009, before Magistrate Fred Forster of the Brikama Magistrates' Court.

When the case last resumed on Monday 3rd August 2009, all the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them. Consequent upon this, the presiding Magistrate Fred Forster adjourned the case to today for hearing.

The eighteen accused persons, according to the charge sheet, on or about the 3rd July, 2009, at the Gambia International Airport within the jurisdiction of the court, allegedly forged an international passport in order to dishonestly enable one Ebrima Bah, to travel to the United States of America, and thereby committed an offence.

In count two, they were alleged to have conspired to commit official corruption.

According to the charge sheet, the accused being public officers employed in the public services of the Gambia, charged with the duties of screening passengers traveling at the Airport, allegedly conspired among themselves and others still at large, to corruptly receive a bribe of ten thousand and five hundred Dalasi (D10, 500) from one Cherno Bah in order to enable his brother Ebrima Bah dishonestly use a forged passport to travel to U.S.A, and thereby committed an offence.

The accused persons: OC Kaddy Jabang, Chief Inspector Aloya Jammeh, Inspector Matida Camara, Inspector Mbaka Janneh, Cadet Modou L. Manneh, Ebrima Sillah, Abdou Jatta, Mam Kumba Jamanka, Baboucarr Bajinka, Kinteh Jammeh, Lamin Sonko, Foday Ceesay, Modou L. Jarjue, Ebrima Jallow, Muhammed Allen, Cherno Bah, Sarjor Sonko and Ebrima Bah, were earlier granted bail in the sum of D80, 000 each, with two Gambian sureties who must have a Gambian Identity Card.