Court to Rule on Bail Application of Fisheries Director


By Rohey Jadama Famara Darboe, the Director of Fisheries, who is charged with eleven counts, including neglect of official duty, economic crime and abuse of office, on Tuesday, 17 February, appeared at the Banjul High Court before Justice Simon A. Abi seeking for bail.When the case was called, Lawyer Edward Singhatey, counsel of the accused, applied for his client to be granted bail. In response, State Counsel R. Dougan told the court that they are not opposing the bail application. Counsel Singhatey said since the state is not opposing bail, he would like to draw the attention of the court to the charges that the applicant is facing.  He said the economic crime charge on count two has not indicated any amount and that the amount on count five states D500, 000. He said they want to avert the courts mind to section 99 subsections 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). He said for count four which is neglect of official duty, the amount stated therein is D13, 913, 481. 38. He appealed to the court not to make the conditions of the bail onerous. The trial judge adjourned the case to 23rd February, 2015 for ruling on the bail application. However, Mr. Nfamara Dampha, the former Director of Fisheries, was also in court but his bail application was not heard.]]>