21 December 2012

Gambia: Court Remands Crr Rice Growers Leaders (the President and 3 Exco Members)

The Police Public Relation Officer ASP David Kujabi, informed this reporter that the president of the New Executive Committee of the Central River Region Rice Growers' Association for the Jahally and Panchar perimeter, Haruna Kassama and three others committee members namely:-Makang Jarra, Alhagi Banu Njie and Jobe Sanneh were arrested by the Brikamaba Police and put in the Remand wing of the Janjangbureh Prison by an order of the Magistrates' Court were they are facing trial.

The Police PRO however said he could not say what warranted the court to make the order.

This reporter will contact the Brikamaba Magistrates' court to find out the reason or reasons for the order.

Readers would recall that Haruna Kassama was elected president of the Central River Rice Growers' Association for the Jahally and Panchar perimeter in the association's Annual General Meeting held in Brikamaba on Thursday 5th January 2012.

However, there was no handing over by his predecessors to start their operation, instead he and his Executive Committee members were arrested on Saturday the 7th of April 2012 and appeared in Bansang Magistrates' court on Wednesday 11th of April 2012 and faced with a single charge of 'giving false information to a public officer'.

According to the particulars of offence, Haruna Kassama, Ousman Mballow, Alhagi Banu Njie, Jobe Sanneh, Lang K. Fatty, Mankang Jarra and Sidat Conteh on or about the 7th day of April 2012 in Banjul, the Gambia, unlawfully gave information to the president through the Secretary General, Office of the President, information you knew was false.

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the sum of D2000 with a Gambian Surety who must deposit his or her National Identity Card.

The case however was transferred to the Brikamaba Magistrates' Court.

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