11 January 2013

Gambia: Mambury Njie's Bail Application Suffers Setback

Justice Mikailu Abdullah of the Criminal Court, yesterday, adjourned the bail application of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Mambury Njie, after the defence submitted that he was not served with the affidavit filed by the prosecution in response to their bail application at the High Court in Banjul.

"I submitted that the affidavit to my bail application is yet to be served to me, it is advisable that I look at it. If need be, I reply to it", said Lawyer Lamin S. Camara, the defence counsel.

Lawyer Camara argued that the circumstance is not advisable to proceed as the situation is helpless. He argued that the state should have filed its affidavit earlier but should not wait until yesterday as the bail application was filed long ago. He requested for an adjournment to go over the document.

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), SH Barkun, submitted that the affidavit was served at the Registry. He revealed that the submission was made on yesterday afternoon. He did not object to the defence's request for an adjournment.

Meanwhile, Justice Mikailu Abdullah said he was served with the affidavit and that it was not his fault that the defence was not served. In adjourning the case, he advised for the defence to be served with the affidavit to respond if necessary. Subsequently, the case was adjourned to Monday, 14th January 2013. The accused was escorted in a white four wheel pick up vehicle to the state central prison in Mile II.

It could be recalled that Mr. Mambury Njie, who until his unexpected fall-out with the Jammeh administration has served in several ministerial and senior government capacities, is currently standing trial on alleged economic crimes and abuse of office charges at the High Court in Banjul.The ex-Minister is accused by the state of conducting himself in acts that are detrimental to the economy of the Gambia between 2006 and 2010, but he denies any wrongdoing.

Copyright © 2013 FOROYAA Newspaper. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.