12 December 2012

Gambia: 10 Illegal Migrants, Others Face Fresh Charges

Twenty-two persons, namely, Abdoulie Jatta, Lamin Fadera, Abdou Manga, Buba Darboe, Modou Bah, Alhagie Ousman Drammeh, Modou Saidou Barry, Yankuba Trawally, Modou Ndow, Ndogal Sowe, Abdoulie Camara, Ebrima Manjang, Moses Uchewuako, Emmnauel Arhyel, Simon Agbu, Sulayman Jallow, Ebrima Jallow, Amadou Jallow, Bubacarr Isa, Mamadou Salieu Jallow, Amadou Bah, Modou Essa Sey, were on Monday slammed with fresh charges at the Bundung Magistrates' Court presided over by Magistrate Kijera. The 22 accused persons were charged with two counts of criminal offences.

On count one, they are charged with common nuisance, contrary to Section 160 of the Criminal Code, Laws of The Gambia, whilst on count two, 10 out of the 22 accused persons are charged with entry and residing of prohibited immigrant, contrary to Section 12 of the Immigration Act, Cap 16 Vol. 4, Laws of The Gambia 2009.

On count one, the particulars stated that on the 21st November 2012 at the Bakoteh dumping site and diverse places in the Kanifing Municipality, the accused persons loitered and conducted themselves in a manner that caused inconvenience to the public and thereby committed an offence.

While count two stated that on the same date and place, Moses Uchewuako, Emmanuel Aryel, Simon Agbu, Sulayman Jallow, Bubacarr Isa, Mamadou Salieu Jallow and Amadou Bah were found to be residing in the Republic of The Gambia without being in possession of any document to ascertain their lawful entry and residence here in The Gambia after knowing or having reasons to know that their entry and residing into The Gambia must be made known to the government of The Gambia through the Gambia Immigration Department of which they failed to do, thereby committed an offence.

When the matter was read to all the accused persons, they all pleaded not guilty. Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Cadet ASP Bah, applied for a short adjournment, to enable him call his witness to testify at the trial. The accused persons were granted bail in the sum of D10, 000 each with two Gambian sureties. The case was later adjourned to December 13th, 2012.

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