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Monday, September 21, 2020

Will former minister Ousman Badjie be granted bail today?

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Justice Simon Abi heard Badjie’s application last week brought by his lawyer Lamin Camara. The application is being opposed by the chief prosecutor, Saleh Hadi Barkun, who appealed for the judge to keep the suspect on remand until the completion of their investigation. Lawyer Camara on the other hand, argued that investigations into the matter have been completed. Both parties had already filed their briefs of arguments.

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The judge will decide whether to allow Mr Badjie to go home after three weeks in state custody or to continue being detained at the state central prison.

Mr Badjie was arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates Court on November 18 charged with economic crime and neglect of official duty.

Prosecutors allege that Mr Badjie intentionally failed to pursue the recovery of D1,134,000 stolen by Mr Faisal Bojang who was working under him at the Gambian embassy in Paris. He denied the charges and was remanded at Mile 2 Central Prison pending proper arraignment at the high court.

When he was arraigned at the high court last week, prosecutors alleged that the indictments were not in their case file and the matter was adjourned to today. Badjie is expected to take his plea today.

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