Mar 18, 2013, 10:56 AM
Trial opened yesterday in the case involving former senior officials of the Asset Management and Recovery Corporation (AMRC) at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul, before Justice Emmanuel Nkea.
Abdoulie Dibba and Yusupha Jaiteh were arraigned alongside the corporation’s former managing director, Abdoulie Tamba, who was reported to be at large, and charged with two counts of economic crime.
The first prosecution witness (PW1) was one Lamin Jammeh, a resident of Bundung, and a civil servant working with the AMRC.
He said he is the current acting director of operations, and he knew both accused persons, including Abdoulie Tamba, former managing director of the corporation.
Jammeh told the court that he was employed at the AMRC in October 2004, as a farm manager, but when AMRC halted farming in 2008, he was shifted to the post of assistant manager, trade and commerce.
In 2009, he was posted to the store as the store officer, he said, adding that AMRC was supplying rice to their customers.
The case continues today.
The particulars of offence on count one stated that Abdoulie B. Tamba, Abdoulie Dibba and Yusupha M. Jaiteh, between 2009 and 2010 in Banjul within the jurisdiction of the court, whilst holding public office, willfully and recklessly caused monetary loss to the AMRC to the tune of D15, 450,000, by selling rice and cement to various individuals on credit without proper collaterals.
Count two read that Abdoulie B. Tamba, Abdoulie Dibba and Yusupha M. Jaiteh, between 2009 and 2010 in Banjul within the jurisdiction of the court, whilst holding public office, willfully and recklessly caused monetary loss to AMRC to the tune of D7, 200,000, by fraudulently converting same to the use of Samcad Holding Ltd.