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US-based Gambian charged

Apr 22, 2010, 11:08 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Ebrima Loppy a US-based Gambian was yesterday arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates' Court charged with two counts of giving false information and attempting to commit a felony.

Mr. Loppy, age 46, who was in court without a lawyer pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

He was granted a court bail by the trial magistrate, Emmanuel Nkea, in the sum of D200,000 with two Gambian sureties, all of whom must be residents within the Greater Banjul Area.

The particulars of the offence on count one stated that Mr. Loppy on 12th April 2010 allegedly gave false information to one Mod K Ceesay, the Director of Loans and Debt Management at the Department of State for Finance and Economic Affairs. Mr. Loppy reportedly told Mod Ceesay that, according to International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports, the government of The Gambia is poor in loan servicing and lacks credibility, knowing the said statement to be false.

Count two stated that Mr. Loppy on the same day, with intent to defraud, presented a project proposal of about US$ 8.1m to the Government of the Gambia through Ramatoulie Cole Ceesay. The case was adjourned to 28 April 2010.