Sabally Granted bail

 

The embattled former secretary general, head of the Civil Service and minister of Presidential Affairs, who was also the director general of The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), has been granted a High Court bail by Justice Aminata Saho-Ceesay in an eight-count charge trial he is defending himself.

Heard in the High Court chamber in Banjul yesterday, prosecutors first levied new charges ranging from economic crime, abuse of office, neglect of official duty and giving false information on Sabally, which he denied responsibility of. Justice Saho-Ceesay granted him bail in the sum of one million Dalasi with two Gambian as sureties without the state prosecuting officer’s opposition.

Sabally’s defence attorney, Lawyer LS Camara has earlier filed a motion on 6th December 2016, seeking for him to be admitted on bail, saying he was relying on the motion filed.

In this indictment dated 10th November 2016, the prosecution alleged in count one of economic crime that while serving as secretary general, head of Civil Service and minister for Presidential Affairs, Momodou Sabally caused economic loss to Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation to the tune of D402,500 by unduly influencing the Corporation to fund a programme titled ‘Youth Career Development Programme’ organised by one Mariama Sillah without recourse to due process about the month of May, 2014 in Banjul.

On count two, economic crime (specified offences), it alleges that Sabally caused economic loss to the Government of The Gambia to the tune of D38, 424 being money he received as per diem for a trip to South Africa in order to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Jacob Zuma, which he neglected to attend while serving as secretary general, head of Civil Service and minister for Presidential Affairs the same year.

On charge of abuse of office, Sabally is accused of flagrant abuse of his office as the secretary general, head of Civil Service and minister for Presidential Affairs and in blatant disregard of due process influenced and caused Social Security and Housing Finance to sponsor a programme titled ‘Youth Career Development Programme’, organised by one Mariama Sillah.

The state also claimed that Sabally sometime in May 2014 in Banjul committed an offence to wit: while serving as secretary general, head of Civil Service and minister for Presidential Affairs and while being part to the Gambian delegation to South Africa to attend the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma, willfully and negligently delayed the departure of the Vice President’s flight from South Africa for 45 minutes and there by committed an offence.

It is further alleged that sometime in the year 2014 at Banjul, Sabally committed an offence to wit: in flagrant abuse of his office as the secretary general, Head of Civil Service and minister for Presidential Affairs presented two vehicles being property of Alasan Ndoye to His Excellency the President as a gift.

Sabally is also accused to have sometime in the year 2014 at Banjul, committed an offence to wit: in flagrant abuse of his office as the secretary general, head of Civil Service and minister for Presidential Affairs with intent to annoy and cause financial loss to Alasan Ndoye, informed His Excellency the President that the said Alasan Ndoye had given two vehicles to His Excellency the President which information he knew or believed to be false.

The case is adjourned to 2nd February, 2017 at 10.00 am for hearing.

by Lama S Jallow

 

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