Nov 10, 2020, 11:03 AM
As the eighth accused person, Lamin Darboe was indisposed, the criminal trial of the ex-top brass of the former NIA could not proceed, resulting in a major setback.
The police commander has been put under administrative leave as the authorities investigate an alleged crime said to have been committed by Mr. Mboob.
The Information Minister Ebrahim Sillah on Tuesday told West Coast Radio that the panel looking into the allegations is still investigating.
“Well he is still on administrative leave; it is extended for two weeks because the panel is still under investigation. The Inspector General and his team hope that probably the panel should be able to finish their investigation in this time frame.”
It is alleged that the suspended police commander is still working despite being officially asked to stay home.
The police command launched an investigation into allegations that the Anti-Crime Unit boss, Gorgi Mboob assaulted and tortured a 26 year old Ebrima Sanneh in July.
It is alleged that he used a hoe to hit the victim on his genitals at the Anti-Crime headquarters in Bijilo.
It remains to be seen if the Inspector General of Police Mamour Jobe and his team of investigators will recommend punishments if the ACU commander is found wanting.
The existence of the Anti-Crime Unit of the police has sparked a debate among the populace after the recent incident by the unit’s boss.
While some expressed concerns over the abuse of power by some personnel, others say the officials of the unit instead need better training as they play a pivotal role in reducing crime rate in the country.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has called for calm and assured that the commission will issue new voters’ cards different than the previously used cards in elections.
The outgoing chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, has blasted what she called “unacceptable sanctions” imposed on her and members of her office by the Trump administration.