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She noted that the panel was tasked to investigate the accused on three things including undermining the present administration of the Gambia Revenue Authority, harassment of staff and distribution of fake baby diapers. 

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The deputy director of enforcement at the Gambia Revenue Authority yesterday reappeared at the Banjul Magistrates Court. When the case resumed, Hawa Sisay-Sabally said an investigation panel that was set up against Ms Carayol during the first stage which was fraught with contradictions which it failed to resolve. She noted that the panel was tasked to investigate the accused on three things including undermining the present administration of the Gambia Revenue Authority, harassment of staff and distribution of fake baby diapers.  She said Ms Carayol was a victim of abuse and harassment which women endure at the work place.  

Cross-examining Kebba Secka, the first prosecution witness, Lawyer Sisay-Sabally asked whether the deputy commissioner general at the Gambia Revenue Authority apart from writing allegations against Ms Carayol of trying to undermine his administration, explain how she was trying to do so because it was not detailed in the statement. Secka replied: “That she is not cooperative, doesn’t attend meetings and she is not serious with her work and not getting that team work from her since he took office as deputy commissioner general.”

Lawyer Sisay-Sabally said it is in fact her client who was being harassed at her work place.

Veronic Carayol is facing four counts of abuse of office, false information, unlawful publication and corrupt practices. She pleaded not guilty to three counts and the fourth being unlawful publication which has not yet entered into a plea. The case will resume on October 8. 

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