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Monday, September 21, 2020

Trial of former works minister Badjie begins in earnest

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Badjie is standing trial on two counts of economic crime and three counts of neglect of official duty. The charges relate to his tenure as head of the Gambian mission in France, and he is accused of causing 34,333 Euro loss to the government of The Gambia. This was when the financial attaché at the said embassy, Faisal Bojang, did not deposit the said amount accrued from revenue collected. He however denied the allegations. 

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In his testimony as the first witness for the prosecution, Mendy, now a retired civil servant, said Faisal Bojang worked under Badjie as the financial attaché in Paris and that he [Mendy] was in Paris in October 2013 when Faisal Bojang was taking over as the financial attaché. He said Mr Bojang’s responsibilities were to collect revenue and other government monies.

Mr Mendy however pointed out that his office was responsible for sending remittances and accounting for the monies the attachés spent. 

The case resumes next week Tuesday.

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