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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Economic crime trial of ex-GIA boss reaches High Court

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The chief prosecutor, Saleh Barkun, told the judge that Bakary Nyassi’s case file had not reached his office. He applied for adjournment to enable him get the case file. 

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Mr Nyassi’s lawyer, Kebba Sanyang, did not object to the application for an adjournment. At this point, Justice Emmanuel Ikpala adjourned the case to February 5.

Nyassi, 43, was arraigned at Banjul Magistrates Court last October, charged with six counts including economic crimes, abuse of office,  and neglect of official duty. 

Mr Nyassi was accused of not returning D120,000 given to him as per diem to escort 127 APRC pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in 2011  which was cancelled. 

He was also accused of “corruptly or dishonestly abusing his  office for private benefit by registering or facilitating the registration of a private aviation related company, Gamjet and Basikom, in which he holds 27 percent and 12 percent shares in  2014.

He was also accused of neglecting his duty for not strictly supervising people under him entrusted with receipts and expenditure of public monies between 2009 and 2014. He denied all the allegations at the lower court and is currently on bail.

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