Ruling on Lang Conteh’s ‘no case’ submission rescheduled


By Mamadou Dem Magistrate Momodou Jallow of Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 16 April, rescheduled the delivery of the ruling on the ‘no case to answer’ submission filed by the lawyer of Lang Conteh, former Kanilai Family Farm Manager, to the last day of the month.The defence has filed a ‘no case to answer’ after the prosecution presented all its witnesses, including, former Secretary General and Head of the Civil Services, Dr. Njogu Bah, as well as business tycoon, Amadou Samba. When the case resumed yesterday for ruling on the defence’s application, Lawyer Lamin K. Mboge announced his representation for the accused whilst Sub-Inspector Alpha Badjie appeared for the Inspector General of Police (IGP). The trial magistrate indicated that the ruling was not ready and subsequently adjourned the case to 30th April for ruling on the defence’s submission. Mr. Conteh is facing trial for allegedly stealing sometime in 2012-2013 the sum of     One million five hundred and thirty eight thousand eight hundred and four dalasi ninety-five bututs (D1, 538,804.95) being the property of Kanilai Family Farm. He, however, denies any wrong doing. Meanwhile, the ‘Abuse of office’ trial involving Dr. Njogu Bah was also adjourned to the same date for ruling on a question raised during re-examination by his attorney, Lamin Mboge and also for the prosecution, led by Babucarr Drammeh, to take a date to address the court. The prosecution alleges that Dr. Bah sometimes in the month of January, 2013, abused the authority of his office as Secretary General and Head of Civil Service by interfering with the recommendation and posting of Ms. Jainaba Jobarteh to the Gambia’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations in New York without following the proper procedure of nomination. He denies the charge.]]>