By Yankuba Jallow

The special criminal division of the Banjul high court presided over by Justice O. Ottaba on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Sirra Wally Ndow Njiedismissed the bail application of Mrs. Sira Wally Ndow Njai, the former Deputy Petroleum Minister, this being the fourth time she is denied bail.

This economic crime case involving Mrs. Ndow Njai and nine others was first brought to the Banjul magistrates’ court before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham on the 13 July and was transferred to the high court due to lack of jurisdiction to hear the case and who denied them bail.

When the defence counsels for Mrs. Ndow Njai, Mr. Noah Touray, former Secretary to the Cabinet, and Mr. Momodou O.S. Badjie, former Managing Director of Gambia National Petroleum Company (GNPC), filed for bail at the high court, Justice Ottaba, in his ruling on 1 August, dismissed their applications.

Again on 9 August, counsel for the former deputy petroleum minister applied for bail. In his ruling on 31 August, Justice Edward Enegi of the special criminal division of the high court dismissed her bail application.

In today’s ruling on her fourth application during her 88 days in detention, Mrs. Ndow Njai is again denied bail.

This case is adjourned to Thursday 22nd September 2016 for continuation at 12:00 noon at the high court in Banjul.