The Point (Banjul)

3 January 2013

Gambia: More Charges Against Ex-GPA MD Tambedou

Police prosecutors yesterday brought an additional three-count charge of giving false information to a public officer against Abdoulie Tambedou, former Managing Director of Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) at the Banjul Magistrates' Court before senior Magistrate M.S. Jallow.

Mr Tambedou now faces a four-count charge, all relating to giving false information to a public officer, charges he denied.

The particulars of offence on count one read that Abdoulie Tambedou, on 13 August 2012 in Banjul within the jurisdiction of the court, wrote a petition letter with reference number GPA/MD (1) to the Office of the President, alleging that indiscipline is being meted out to him by the 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, and the information he knew to be false at the time.

Count two stated that Abdoulie Tambedou, on 13 August 2012 in Banjul within the jurisdiction of the court, wrote a letter with reference number GPA/MD (1) 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 to be false at the time.

Count three stated that Abdoulie Tambedou, on 13 August 2012 in Banjul within the jurisdiction of the court, wrote a letter with reference number GPA/MD (1) to the Office of the President, that if he had taken action against Lamin Sanyang and Ebou Gibba, the duo would have definitely written to the President's Office complaining of tribalism, an information he knew to be false at the time.

Count four stated that Abdoulie Tambedou, sometime in December 2012 at Police Headquarters in Banjul within the jurisdiction of the court, told the 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, information he knew to be false.

Prosecutor Sergeant Manga told the court that the police had brought the matter for mention, and were applying for an adjournment to enable them call their witnesses.

He added that the prosecution was not objecting to bail for the accused person.

The trial magistrate then said the same bail conditions should continue.

The bail condition was for D1million with two Gambian sureties who must deposit their title deeds with the court.

The condition further stated that the two sureties must swear to an affidavit of means to enable to secure the appearance of the accused person in subsequent adjournment dates.

The case was adjourned to 3 January 2012, for hearing.

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