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Friday, January 22, 2021

Court refuses demand to free ex-minister Badjie

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Ousman Badjie is accused of intentionally failing to pursue the D1,134,000 stolen by Faisal Bojang who was working at the Gambian embassy in Paris while he was head of mission. He denied any wrong doing

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The ruling followed defence counsel’s demand for the court to quash the charges of economic crime and neglect of official duty against Badjie for lack of evidence, in spite of the testimonies of three state witnesses.

 “Having carefully read the evidence on record, and after listening to and considering the arguments proffered by both the prosecution and the defence in support of and against the submission of no case to answer, I am of the view that at this stage the prosecution has made out a prima facie case requiring the accused to at least offer an explanation. I cannot say more than this at this stage,” Justice Simeon Abi said before dismissing the defence application.

He ruled in favour of the state and ordered Mr Badjie to enter his defence on May 27 when the trial resumes.

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