Aug 10, 2016, 10:14 AM
However, the case before Justice Abi did not proceed, because the judge did not sit.
Lamin AMS Jobarteh was accused in count one, that on 2 February 2013 at Bijilo, being the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in abuse of the authority of his office, ordered, directed and personally assisted in the arrest and detention of Alieu Barry and Bernd George Diedrich.
In count two, Lamin AMS Jobarteh, on 2 February 2013 at Bijilo, allegedly wrongfully retook possession of a land from Bernd George Diedrich in favour of one Mr Sowe, possession of which land Mr Diedrich had obtained by writ of court.
State prosecutors also accused Lamin AMS Jobarteh in count three, that on 2 February 2013, he willfully and or recklessly caused monetary loss to the Gambia Revenue Authority, a public body, by constituting a taskforce which re-assessed and reviewed downwards the tax liabilities of several tax defaulters as found by the Tax Commission.
Jobarteh was further accused in count four, that on 2 February and April 2013 in Banjul, he informed the Office of the President that over D200 million had been recovered from tax defaulters and deposited in the GRA recovery account with GTBank, knowing such information to be false.
In count five Lamin AMS Jobarteh, it was alleged, between July 2012 and May 2013 in Banjul, informed the commissioner general of Gambia Revenue Authority that there was cabinet approval to establish a taskforce to re-assess the tax liabilities of defaulters as shown in the Tax Commission report, knowing such information to be false.
It was also alleged in count six that Lamin AMS Jobarteh in 2011, at Tubanding village in the Upper Fulladu West of the Central River Region, being a judge of the High Court, in abuse of the authority of his office, ordered and directed the arrest and detention of Mustapha Kanyi and Yarro Jamanka, at Bansang Police Station.
State prosecutors further accused Lamin AMS Jobarteh in count seven, that between 2009 and 2011 at Tubanding village, in order to take possession of lands not given to him, he entered upon such lands in Tubanding village by threats and fencing beyond the area given to him.
In count eight, Lamin AMS Jobarteh was accused that between 2010 and 2013 in Bansang, being a Gambian citizen, he breached the provisions of the licence Act by failing to register his lodge as required by the law for the purposes of taxation, thereby causing financial loss to the Tourism Board and the Gambia Revenue Authority.
It was further alleged in count nine that Lamin AMS Jobarteh, between 2010 and 2013 in Bansang, operated “Amie Lodge” or “Jobarth’s Lodge”, a lodge of 18 rooms without a licence.
Jobarteh was also accused in count ten that some time in April 2013 in Bansang, being the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in abuse of the authority of his office, arbitrarily ordered and directed the relocation of the NAWEC public tap at the Bansang Village Bantaba.
In count eleven, Jobarteh was accused that in April 2013 in Bansang, in order to take possession of community lands within the Bansang Village Bantaba, ordered the relocation of the NAWEC public tap and entered upon such lands in Bansang village by threats and commenced developments thereon.