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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

D-Day set in trial of ex-Immigration boss

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The Banjul Magistrates Court presided by Magistrate Lamin Mbaye has set September 15 to deliver his judgment. His decision to put an end to the nine-month long trial came after the state prosecution, Mam Jobe and defence lawyer, Edward Singhatey adopted their written briefs before the court. “We seek to rely on the brief filed on the 21st August and I humbly pray to the court to deem the defendant’s briefs,” Singhatey said.

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Mr Buba Sagnia is on trial on a single charge of abuse of office at the Banjul Magistrates Court.  He is said to have acted in excess of the powers of his office and issued entry clearance to Ali Chahin, a Syrian national, and Hussein Abs, a Lebanese national, without forwarding the matter to the National Intelligence Agency office for security screening. He denied any wrong doing and maintained in his defence that he had all the powers when he was the head of the Immigration Department to issue entry clearance to anybody after meeting the criteria according to the Immigration manual. 

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