Diplomatic Passport Scandal Case Stalls Yet Again

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By Mariama Marong

The ongoing criminal trial involving former State House Chief Driver in the alleged Diplomatic Passport scandal, has yet again stalled in court, after so many adjournments.

The case involves Mansa Sumarah, a former State House Chief Driver and Ebrima J. Sanneh, a former protocol officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Both are accused of conspiring among themselves to procure Gambian diplomatic passport for one Bakary K. Suso.

When the case was called on Monday 25th July 2022 before Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the Banjul High Court for continuation, Senior State Counsel Patrick Gomez applied for an adjournment with the excuse that his witness has traveled to Dakar for a medical checkup.

Senior Counsel Segga Gaye representing the accuse persons did not object to the application for adjournment but requested that the court takes multiple dates for the hearing of the case.

Justice Jaiteh granted the request made by Lawyer Gaye and adjourned the case to the next legal term on the following dates: 10 October at 11 am, 11 October at 1 pm, 17 October at 10 am, 18 October at 11 am, and 24 October at 12 noon.