Three private soldiers namely; Abdoulie Sanyang, Lamin Sanneh, Modou .L. Drammeh and a civilian, Daniel Balukan were yesterday 12th of February arraigned before Magistrate Momodou Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates' court jointly charged with alleged conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to section 368 of the criminal code, laws of The Gambia.
According to the particulars of offence, the aforesaid persons in the month of January and February 2013, at Buckle Street in the city of Banjul conspired and stole 250 bags of (30Kgs) rice valued at D112, 500.00 the properties of the Gambia Government, thereby committed an offence.
Count Two; statement of offence states that Store breaking, contrary to section 283 (a) of the Criminal code, laws of the Gambia.
The particulars of offence on count two states that Abdoulie Sanyang and Lamin Sanneh (1st and 2nd accused) on or about the 30th day of January 2013, at Buckle Street in the city of Banjul broke and entered into the store of the Gambia Government to wit, stealing, thereby committed an offence.
On the third count, the prosecution alleges that the duo on or about the 30th of January 2013, at Buckle Street in the city of Banjul, stole 10 bags of 30kgs rice valued at 4500.00 the properties of the Gambia Government, thereby committed an offence.
Count four states that Abdoulie Sanyang, Lamin Sanneh and Modou .L. Drammeh on or about the 3rd day of February 2013, at the same street in the same city stole 80 bags of 30kgs rice valued at 36,000, the properties of the Gambia Government, thereby committed an offence.
According to the particulars of offence on count five, Lamin Sanneh on or about the 4th of February 2013, at Buckle Street stole 160 bags of 30kgs rice valued at D72,000, the properties of the Gambia Government, thereby committed an offence.
All accused persons pleaded not guilty as charged.
Police prosecutor, corporal Alpha Badjie objected to bail for the accused persons on grounds that the 1st 2nd and 3rd accused persons were ex- soldiers serving the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF). He said they would be receiving witnesses from the State Guard Battalion; adding that if the accused persons are granted bail, they may jump bail.
Badjie further submitted that investigations are still ongoing in this case and if the accused persons are admitted to bail, they would jeopardize the investigations and interfere with witnesses as well.
"We pray that our application be granted and the accused persons be kept in remand custody", said Badjie.
All accused persons submitted that they should be granted bail because they know nothing about the case.
Delivering his ruling, the trial magistrate ruled that the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd accused persons are denied bail and should remain in detention. He said the three accused persons can appeal against this decision at the High court.
With regards to the fourth accused person, Daniel Balukan, the court granted him bail in the sum of D200,000 with one Gambian surety who must swear to an affidavit of means and deposit his National Identity Card.
The case is adjourned to 19th of this month for hearing.