21 May 2012

Gambia: King Colley & Co Economic Crime Trial Progresses

One Salifu Nyang, a prosecution witness in the economic crime trial involving the state against Lamin King Colley, Ousman Manjang and Abdou Willian told the Special Criminal Court in Banjul, presided over by Justice Emmanuel Nkea that he sent a memo regarding the assessment of loss of income involving the accused persons to the commissioner of Licensing sometime in 2011.

Salifu Nyang made this disclosure whilst testifying in the trial involving the three accused persons. It could be recalled that the trio are standing trial on two counts of conspiracy to commit felony and economic crime, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

The particulars of the offences stated that Lamin King Colley, Ousman Manjang and Abdou Willian between the years 2010 and 2011, by means of false declaration for vehicle license and road tax certificate, intentionally caused loss to the economy of The Gambia at the tune ofthree hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and twenty-five Dalasis (D310, 925).

In his testimony on Thursday, May 17th, 2012, the witness adduced that after the memo was sent to the commissioner of Licensing, it was minuted and sent back to them, and was forwarded to the Attorney General's Chambers.

The witness further adduced that the said memo contains the number of vehicles given to him by the 1st accused, Lamin King Colley and the 2nd accused, Ousman Manjang. The witness explained that the amount involved was around D310, 925.00. Meanwhile, the said memo was tendered and admitted in evidence and marked as exhibit F. Hearing continues on 28th May 2012.

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