Sheikh Tijan Sosseh’s Case Adjourned As accused is not well


By Rohey Jadama The economic crime case involving Mr. Sheikh Tijan Sosseh, theSheikh Tijan Sosseh former Coordinator of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP), did not proceed before Justice Amadi of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court yesterday, 1st July 2015.When the case was called, Lawyer Antouman Gaye, counsel for Mr. Sosseh, told the court that the accused person went to a dentist to extract his teeth and it got broken and it has to be stitched. He said it is due to this that he cannot talk and has been given Excuse for Duty (ED). Counsel Gaye further told the court that the accused is supposed to go back to the hospital on Monday. He handed the medical report of the accused to the court. ”My lord, we are applying for an adjournment,” said Barrister Gaye. However, there was no objection from M.B Abubacarr, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DDPP). The case was adjourned to 15 July 2015 at 1:30pm. It is alleged on Count One that while Mr Sosseh was employed as the Project Coordinator of the GEAPP, he failed and omitted to fully apply a Euro 5.3 million grant from the World Bank and leaving unspent $76,489.20, which omission was detrimental to the economy of The Gambia and the welfare of the Gambian people. Count two states that while employed in the public service of The Gambia as GEAPP Coordinator, Mr. Sosseh neglected to effectively supervise the construction and rehabilitation of the Seed Multiplication Centre at Chamen in the Gambia. Count Three indicate that while Mr. Sosseh was employed as the GEAPP Coordinator, he recklessly paid D15,895,125.25 to the general procurement service inspite of the shoddy construction and the rehabilitation works at Chamen Seed Multiplication Centre and thereby caused an economic loss to The Gambia through the Ministry of Agriculture and the GEAPP.]]>