18 January 2013

Gambia: Ex-GPPC MD, Finance Director Arraigned, Remanded

Cherno Gaye, former managing director and Dodou Nasso, former finance director of the Gambia Printing and Publishing Cooperation (GPPC) were yesterday arraigned before Magistrate Momodou MS Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates' Court. The duo are charged with two counts of criminal offences; Economic crime and abuse of office, both contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

On count one, the accused persons are charged with economic crime (Specified offences) Act, contrary to Section 5 (f) of the Economic Crime Act Cap 13:07, Volume III, Laws of The Gambia 2009.

The particulars of offence stated that the accused persons, Cherno Gaye and Dodou Nasso, sometime in the year 2009 and 2010, at the Gambia Printing and Publishing Cooperation (GPPC) in the Kanifing Municipality, intentionally and unlawfully approved loans without deduction, payment of sitting allowances without approval and payments of salaries to persons who absented themselves without leave, which causes financial losses of D1, 149, 054.82 to the economy of The Gambia, thereby committed an offence.

On count two, the accused persons are charged with abuse of office, contrary to Section 90 of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Volume III, Laws of The Gambia 2009.

The particulars of offence stated that the accused persons, sometime in the year 2009 and 2010 at the Gambia Printing and Publishing Cooperation (GPPC) in the Kanifing Municipality, being employees of the said cooperation as managing director and financial director respectively, abused the authority of their offices, by approving loans without recovery payment of sitting allowances without approval and payments of salaries to persons who absented themselves without leave, which they don't have authority to do so, thereby committed an offence.

The presiding Magistrate however ordered for the case to be transferred to the Special Criminal Court in Banjul as he doesn't have the jurisdiction to try the matter based on the offence of the economic crime charge on count one of the charge sheet. Magistrate Jallow further ordered for the accused persons to be remanded in prison, pending their arraignment at the said court.

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