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STATE DISCONTINUES PENNY APPEAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CASE

By Aisha Tamba

The Kanifing high court, presided over by Justice T Osei, yesterday granted the Attorney General and Minister of Justice’s request for a nolle prosequi in the case involving Penny Appeal Orphanage and half a dozen of its employees.

The charity, which ran an orphanage until its closure by the Department of Social Welfare amid allegations of child exploitation and sexual abuse, is based in Kotu-Kerr Serigne area. It was charged with operating a childcare centre from 2014 to 2020 without a permit contrary to section 203 of Children’s Act.

A number of people, believed to be employees were also accused of child abuse and sexual exploitation. They are: Hatab Hydara, Buba Saidykhan, Alasana Jarjue, Mai Mankara, Kawsu Mankanera, Sidi Hydara, Muhammed Hydara, Jerreh Sanyang and Penny Appeal itself.

During yesterday’s sitting, the court announced the following message from the Attorney General and Minster of Justice: “In exercise of the 1997 and section 64(1) of the criminal procedure code CAP, 11:01 vol. 3 Laws of The Gambia 2009, I  Dawda A. Jallow, the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Gambia, hereby inform this honourable court that the state intends that the proceedings against the above named accused persons in criminal case No; HC /141/21/CR/041/AO  shall not continue.”

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