3 January 2013

Gambia: Three More Charges for Ex-GPA Boss

The police prosecution, led by Sergeant 3238 Manga, on Wednesday filed in an amended charge sheet containing three additional charges against Abdoulie Tambedou, the former managing director of the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), at the Banjul Magistrates' Court, before Magistrate Momodou M.S Jallow.

According to the prosecution, the accused is charged with the offence of giving false information to a public officer, contrary to Section 114(a) of the Criminal Code, Cap 10:01 Volume III, Laws of The Gambia 2009, on all the three counts but there is difference in the particulars of the offence.

The particulars of the offence on count two of the charge sheet stated that the accused person on or about 13th August 2012 in Banjul wrote a letter, referenced GPA/MD/(I), to the Office of the President that he had actually informed his predecessor Momodou Lamin Gibba of the problems he had with his alleged relatives and associates in which he distanced himself from their actions, an information he knew was false at the time.

On count three, the particulars stated that the accused person on or about the 13th August 2012 in Banjul wrote a letter with reference, GPA/MD/(I), to the Office of the President that if he had taken action against Lamin L. Sanyang and Ebou Gibba they would have definitely written to the President's Office complaining of tribalism, an information he knew was false at the time.

On count four, the particulars of the offence indicated that the accused person sometime in the month of December 2012, at the police headquarters in Banjul, told a panel of investigators that Lamin L. Sanyang attempted to knock him down with his car during one of his visits to the PWD container terminal in July 2012, an information he knew was false at the time.

The said charges were read to the accused person and he pleaded not guilty. At that juncture, the case was adjourned to today, January 3rd 2013 for hearing.

However the bail condition of the accused was maintained. Meanwhile it could be recalled that the accused person was earlier charged with giving false information to a public servant, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia and he appeared before the Banjul Magistrates' Court on Friday 28th December 2012, where he pleaded not guilty.

The particulars of this offence stated that the accused on or about the 13th August 2012 in Banjul wrote a letter with reference: GPA/MD/(I), to the Office of the President alleging that indiscipline is being meted out to him by associates and relatives of his predecessor, Momodou Lamin Gibba, by way of making derogatory remarks towards him and the GPA management, with intent to make the GPA ungovernable for him, an information he knew was false at the time.

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