24 March 2016

Gambia: Ex Petroleum PS Case Adjourned

The theft trial involving Muntaga Sallah, former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum, has been adjourned in chambers by principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates' Court.

The adjournment of the matter in camera yesterday was said to be based on the fact that the actual prosecutor, Sub-Inspector A. Badjie, was on a very serious official duty. He was represented by Corporal 1519 Corrah, who applied for an adjournment. The case was accordingly adjourned to 30th March, 2016 for continuation.

Muntaga is standing trial for purchasing three HP computers worth $25, 445 which he later allegedly stole and took to his home at Senegambia, while serving as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum.

The prosecution further alleged that the accused person has stolen three HP computers worth $25,445, which he knew belonged to The Gambia Government.

Sallah is also facing charges of abusing his office, when he instructed, without approval, the purchase of the computers, all in the month of November, 2014 in Banjul. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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