FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

5 February 2013

Gambia: Mambury Njie Granted Bail On a Bond of D15 Million!

High Court Judge Justice Abdullah Mikailu yesterday released former Finance Minister Mambury Njie to bail, on a bond of Fifteen Million Dalasi (15,000,000).

Mr. Njie who is charged with economic crime and abuse of office, applied for bail on two occasions but was unsuccessful. His first application was dismissed by Justice Abdullah, 'due to lack of evidence on his detention'. His lawyer, L.S Camara later re-applied for his client to be granted bail, but it was refused by the same court on the 21st January, 2012, on grounds that investigations were ongoing and more charges were likely to be brought against him.

Justice Abdullah made it known at the last sitting that he would release Mambury on bail if no indictment is brought against him after ten (10) days.

At yesterdays' sitting, Justice Abdullah stated that whenever investigations into a case are delayed, the State should furnish the court on the nature of the detention and the extent of investigations.

He added that it is not enough to state that the State says that investigations are ongoing and added that the court would not be blindfolded by such.

According to the Judge, the Applicant is detained for about 41 days without any indictment against him before the High Court. He stated that no reasons have been given by the State for the continued detention of Njie. He therefore described it as unjustified.

Mambury Njie was then released on bail with a bail bond of D15 Million, with two sureties. The conditions of bail require that the Sureties be "leaseholders of properties situated within the greater Banjul Area, which value must not be less than D15 Million."

The Judge added: "the Applicant shall surrender his travel documents with the Principal Registrar of the High Court."

"He shall report to the Inspector General of Police on Mondays and Thursdays weekly." His sureties "shall depose to an affidavit of means." He finally stated that "the Principal Registrar of The High Court shall verify the value of properties whose lease documents are deposited and prepare a certificate of verification to that effect."

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