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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Mambanyick denies ‘maliciously’ writing against GFA executive

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“That is not correct,” Mambanyick Njie said when the police prosecution told him: “I’m putting it to you that you maliciously wrote against the then GFA executive and no other reason.”

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During cross-examination, the prosecutor asked if Mr Njie will agree with him that the main objective of then GFA executive committee was to promote football and not to destabilise it. In response, Mr Njie said, “That should have been the aim and objective when they were elected into office but their actions leading to their dissolution defeated that purpose.”

Prosecutor Faye at that stage informed the court that he had no further questions for Mr Njie prompting the magistrate to adjourn the case for adoption of briefs. The prosecutions who told the court that he will file a written brief, is expected to file within 14 days. The lawyer representing Mr Njie, Antouman Gaye, is also expected to file his brief after the prosecution. However, he did not tell the court whether he will address the court orally or file a written brief. “That will depend on what the prosecution address on his written brief,” Mr Gaye said when Magistrate Lamin Mbaye asked if he will address the court orally. The case will resume September 8 for adoption of brief

Mr Njie who accused the former GFA executive committee of misusing football is on trial at the Banjul Magistrates Court accused of giving false information to the Office of the President, that the former GFA executive members were engaged in financial malpractices and never gave a thorough account of the imprests given to them for international matches and therefore sought approval to dissolve the committee, an information he knew to be false or does not believe to be true. He denied any wrongdoing. Five witnesses, including the treasurer of the GFA have so far testified as state witnesses. He denied any wrong doing.

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