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Monday, September 21, 2020

2 in court over D5 million CFAO theft case

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Binta Jallow and Baboucarr Gai are charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, stealing by clerk and theft.

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On the first count, they were accused of stealing D4,288,688 from CFAO Motors, Gambia Limited.  On count two, Binta Jallow was accused of stealing D5,621,625 and on count 3, Mr Gai was accused of stealing D4,288,688 property of CFAO being monies transferred to his account for the purpose of purchasing hard currency. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

After the plea-taking, the accused persons were granted bail in the sum of D6 million each and or two Gambian sureties with valid identity cards. The court further required that one of the sureties should deposit a compound document situated within the Greater Banjul Area. They were also ordered to deposit their passports and any other travelling documents in order to be granted bail.

Their bail came after Mr Gai’s lawyer, Lamin Camara applied for bail on behalf of both the accused persons following the prosecution’s application for an adjournment before magistrate Lamin Mbye. Ms Jallow is represented by Moses Richards.

Camara stated: “It is a bailable offence. The matter is not under investigation as charges have been filed. Secondly, the accused persons are enjoying police bail.”

The police prosecutor did not object saying he will leave the decision to the discretion of the court.

In granting the accused persons bail, the magistrate said: “I see no reason why the accused persons should not be granted bail as it is a bailable offence.”

At this point, the prosecutor asked the magistrate for an adjournment of the hearing to call his witnesses. The trial will resume August 25.

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