According to charges filed by the state chief prosecutor, Saleh Barkun before principal magistrate Dawda Jallow of Banjul magistrates court, the accused, Messrs Jun and Lisheng in December last year at Kairaba Avenue caused economic loss to The Gambia in the sum of D50,000 by installing a giant simbox with the intention of diverting international calls from the company’s gateway. The act, prosecutors allege, is detrimental to the economy of The Gambia.
They have yet to take their plea on the charge preferred against them yesterday as the director of public prosecution, pronounced his concurrence with the attorney of the defendants to return to the court in the afternoon for further proceedings. He appealed to the court for the accused persons to be kept in custody pending their appearance today.
Lawyer Kebba Sanyang who represented the accused persons did not raise any objections but appealed to the court for his client to be kept in police custody.
Asked by the presiding magistrate whether they could speak and understand English, the first accused, Mr Jun answered in the positive while his co-defendant, Mr Lisheng said he could not speak English. The latter will have court proceedings translated to him.
The case will resume today and the accused persons are expected to enter their plea on the charge sheet which the DPP yesterday described as ‘ holding ‘.]]>