Magistrate Alagbe Taiwo Ade of the Banjul Magistrate has acquitted and discharged the erstwhile Managing Director of Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation Mr. Edward Graham.
The prosecution did not give reasons for dropping the charges against Mr. Graham who was put on trial on allegations of economic crimes. He has always maintained his innocence during the course of the trail that began on December 31, 2010.
The decision to exonerate Mr. Graham followed an application to drop the charges by the Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Simon Abi. “I am not objecting and I would like to commend the prosecutor for that,” the defence counsel Amie Bensouda said.
Following his arrest and detention, Mr. Graham was denied bail on two occasions and spent more than 20 days at the State’s Maximum Security wing, Mile II Prison. He was later granted bail by Justice Emmanuel A. Amadi of the High Court to the tune of one hundred million dalasis with two Gambia sureties who possess landed properties within the Greater Banjul area worth ten million dalasis each.
No witness has been called by both the prosecution and the defence to give evidence in court.