7 February 2013

Gambia: Mambury Njie's Bail Conditions Revised

Justice Mikailu Abdullah yesterday, made a significant variation in the conditions of bail of the former Finance Minister Mambury Njie.

The variations by the High Court Judge resulted from a successful application for review of the conditions of bail of the former Minister by his lawyer, Lamin A. Ceesay.

Mamburay's lawyer submitted a 12 paragraph affidavit in support of his application for a review of the conditions that were attached to his client's bail, last Monday. The State, represented by the Director of Public Prosecutions was unopposed to the application.

Due to the State's non-opposition to the application, the Judge remarked:

"It is trite law that where (an) affidavit remains unchallenged or uncontroverted the court will have no choice than regard the depositions as establishing the facts therein."

Instead of the previous requirement of two sureties with property in the Greater Banjul Area valuing not less than D15 million each, Njie is now released on bail to the sum of "D15, OOO, OOO.00 and 6 sureties collectively in the like sum."

The Judge added: "the sureties shall be lease holders of properties situated within Greater Banjul which collective value must not be less than D15,000,000.00."

He also stated: "the bail granted to the applicant by this order shall lapse upon the filing of a formal bill of indictment."

At press time, Mr. Njie's lawyer and family were making frantic efforts to see him re-united with his family. It could be recalled that he was detained on 14 December 2012, after being arraigned at the Banjul Magistrate's Court. The said Court after taking his plea on charges of abuse of office and economic crime transferred the matter to the High Court on grounds of lack of jurisdiction. He denied any wrong doing.

However, up to date, no formal indictment has been brought against him.

Foroyaa will make a follow up to see if he is re-united with his family.

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