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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Economic crime case transferred to high court

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Mr Abdelgair was last week arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates Court for causing over D2 million monetary losses to Gamtel. When the case resumed yesterday for mention, state prosecutor, Mam Jobe, applied for the case to be transferred to the high court as the magistrates court lacks the jurisdiction to try Mr Abdelgair. Neither the accused who was remanded at Mile 2 Prison last week nor his lawyer were present when the matter was called.

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Magistrate Lamin Mbaye in transferring the case said: “The matter is transferred to the high court immediately and the accused should remain in custody pending his appearance before the high court.”

Mr Abdelgair was accused of causing economic loss to Gamtel in the amount of D2,220,771 by installing a giant box which he used to divert international calls from the Gamtel international gateway which is detrimental to the economy of The Gambia. He was further accused of obtaining D29,162 from Africell and D23,655 from QCell.  Mr Abdelgair did not enter his as his lawyer was not in court.

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