7 February 2013

Gambia: Alleged Airport Thieves Discharged

The High Court in Banjul, presided over by Justice Abdulahi Mikailu, on Tuesday, February 5th 2013, discharged 12 accused persons following a nolle prosecui filed by the state.

The accused persons: Lamin Dahaba, Ebrima S. Bojang, Lamin Marong, Kebba Badjie, Seediya Sanyang, Sainey Tamba, Malang Sonko, Ebrima Dahaba, Musa Nyabally, Salifu Joof, Foday Barry and Babucarr Bah were charged with three counts of theft, conspiracy to commit felony and willful damage of property, contrary to Sections 252, 368 and 312 (6) of the Criminal Code Cap 10 Vol.III, Laws of The Gambia 2009.

On count one, i.e, theft, the particulars of the offence stated that the accused persons sometime between 2011 and January 2012 at the Banjul International Airport in Yundum, stole Aircraft scrap metal parts and accessories, valued at two million United States Dollars (US$ 2, 000, 000), being the properties of Slok Air International Limited.

On count two, conspiracy to commit felony, the particulars of the offence stated the accused persons were alleged to have conspired among themselves to commit felony between 2011 and January 2012 at the Banjul International Airport in Yundum to steal Aircraft scrap metal parts and accessories, being the properties of Slok Air International Limited.

Finally on count three, willful damage of property, the particulars stated that the accused persons were alleged to have willfully damaged an aircraft, being the property of Slok Air International between 2011 and January 2012.

Following the nolle prosecui filed by the state, the presiding judge, Justice Abdulahi Mikailu accordingly struck out the charges filed against the accused persons and each of the accused persons were discharged under Section 64 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Meanwhile, Justice A. Mikailu ordered that the exhibits be kept in the custody of the police at the Banjul International Airport Police Station and Exhibit A and be returned to the rightful owner, Alieu Hydara.

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