The Kanifing Magistrates' Court, presided over by Principal Magistrate Sheriff Tabally, on Monday convicted one Amadou Barry for the offence of operating a foreign exchange bureau without authority, contrary to Section 73 of the Central Bank Act 79:01 Vol 13, Laws of The Gambia.
The particulars of the offence revealed that Amadou Barry on the 19th December 2012 at Serrekunda Bambo, was found dealing in foreign currencies without lawful authority, thereby committed an offence. When the charge was read to him, he pleaded guilty.
According to the facts of the matter, narrated by the prosecutor 1781 Sergeant Kinteh, it happened on the 19th December 2012, when a joint operation was conducted by security personnel to raid illegal vendors dealing with foreign currencies. During the course of the raid, the convict was arrested at Serrekunda Bambo, found dealing in foreign currencies without lawful authority. He was then charged with the said offence.
The defence counsel for the convict in his plea of mitigation begged the court to temper justice with mercy.
The presiding magistrate sentenced the Barry to a fine of D10, 000, in default to serve a year's imprisonment.