25 January 2013

Gambia: Two in Court for Criminal Offences

Two persons, namely, Kalipha Saidy and Kebba Bojang were on Monday, 21st January 2013 arraigned at the Brikama Magistrates' Court. The accused persons are charged with conspiracy to commit felony and giving false information, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia. The case was presided over by Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke.

According to the particulars of offence on count one, the accused persons, in the month of June 2012 at Brikama, conspired to import logs from the Casamance region of Senegal into The Gambia, knowing fully that both of them are not registered to deal with such forest produce, and thereby committed an offence.

On count two, the particulars of offence stated that sometime in the month of November 2012 in the city of Banjul, the first accused wrote a letter dated 26th November 2012 to the Office of the President, appealing for possible intervention concerning his logs that were seized, knowing that his statement is not true, because he had illegally obtained the said logs, thereby committed an offense. When the charges were read to the accused persons, they pleaded not guilty.

The police prosecutor Sgt 758 Sarr applied for the case to be transferred to the Banjul Magistrates' Court and it was adjourned to 4th February 2013 for ruling and hearing. However, Magistrate Abeke granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of D10, 000 with two Gambian sureties each.

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