By Binta A Bah
A high court judge has refused a request to lower an eight-million-dalasi bail for three people accused of stealing more than seven million dalasis from one Kutubo Jahally.
The trio, Alassan Krubally, Alieu Tangara and Yankuba Tangara, all Malians, are facing charges of conspiracy, breaking into a building and stealing.
Prosecutors accused the men of breaking into the office of Mr Jahally in May 2020 and stole items including diamonds, gold stones, gold powder and some foreign currencies amounting to more than seven million dalasi. They denied any wrongdoing.
Justice Ebrima Jaiteh’s decision came after the applicants’ lawyer, Edrissa Sisshor filed an application at the high court that the bail bond slammed by the lower court is ‘excessive’ urging the judge to lower the eight million bail bond.
Ruling on the application, the judge held that the bail bond earlier granted by the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court is not ‘excessive’ considering the value of the items stolen by the applicants.
He refused the lawyer’s request for a lesser bail condition, saying it may lead to ‘injustice’ in the event the applicants jump bail.
“From the ongoing reasons, the application is hereby refused on the grounds that the bail conditions granted by the magistrate court is reasonable under the circumstance and not excessive,” he ruled.