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Friday, September 25, 2020

Pakistani awaits sentence for economic crime

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Tanveer Ahmed Sheikh, who appeared before the High Court in Banjul, pleaded guilty to one count of economic crime, but denied the charge of conspiracy to commit felony, which was later withdrawn by the chief prosecutor, Saleh Barkun.

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Prosecutors accused Mr Sheikh of causing a loss of D58, 125 to Gamtel in October by installing a giant simbox through which he diverted international calls. 

After taking his plea, the items recovered from Mr Tanveer in execution of the crime were tendered as exhibits. The chief prosecutor said 148 Africell sim cards, Gamcel WiFi wireless, Dell laptop, Qcell data card and a computer processing unit were among the items recovered during investigations.

Tanveer’s lawyer, Kebba Sanyang, urged the court to temper justice with mercy on his client. He said the accused is a first time offender and has been in custody for two months.

At this point the judge, Emmanuel Amadi, adjourned the case to January 15 for sentencing.

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