7 February 2013

Gambia: D-Day for NDEA's Mbye Njie

Acting Principal Magistrate Dawda Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates' Court is today, 7 February 2013, expected to deliver judgment in the case involving Mbye Njie, former Director of Operations at the National Drug Enforcement Agency, (NDEA).

The former NDEA operations director was standing trial under a four-count charge, which included receiving bribes.

During the cause of the trial the state called several witnesses including NDEA officers, and some members of Sarjo Jallow's family in support of their case.

The accused person, Mbye Njie, also opened a marathon defence in support of his case.

The particulars of offence stated that Mbye Njie, between April and July 2011 in Banjul, being employed as a narcotics control officer by the National Drug Enforcement Agency of the Government of The Gambia, by virtue of his employment, did corruptly solicit or received D15,000 from one Bakary Jammeh, on account of settling a case against one Sarjo Jallow out of court.

Count two stated that the accused person did corruptly solicit or received D5,000 from one Bakary Jammeh, on account of releasing Sarjo Jallow on bail in the discharge of his duties as a narcotics control officer.

Count three stated that the accused person did take or accept D15,000 from Bakary Jammeh as a reward for settling a case against Sarjo Jallow out of court in the performance of his duties.

Count four read that Mbye Njie, for the purpose of self gain, did arbitrarily refrain from prosecuting Sarjo Jallow in abuse of his authority.

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