Gambia: Duo Docked for Destroying, Taking Forest Property

Two persons; namely, Yusupha Badjie and Abdoulie Manneh were on October 29th 2012 arraigned at the Brikama Magistrates' Court, presided over by Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke, charged with the offence of damaging or destroying forest and taking forest produce contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

The particulars of the offence on count one stated that Yusupha Badjie sometime in the month of August 2012 at Foni Kansala District, in the West Coast Region, unlawfully damaged or destroyed forest property located between Kanfenda, Bullock and Dobong Villages, thereby committed an offence.

On count two, it stated that Abdoulie Manneh in the same month and year at Foni Kansala District in the West Coast Region, unlawfully transported forest produce from the forest park located between Kanfenda, Bullock and Dobong Villages, thereby committed an offence.

When the charges were read to the accused persons, they both pleaded not guilty. However, Magistrate Abeke granted the accused persons bail in the sum of D20, 000 with two Gambian sureties.

The case was adjourned to November 14th 2012.

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