Principal Magistrate Alagbe Taiwo Ade of the lower court in Banjul on Monday, August 27 granted bail to two embattled officers of Gambia’s National Drug Enforcement Agency (the NDEA).
Former Director of Intelligence and Investigations Mr. Foday Barry and Crime Management Coordinator Mr. Pa Habib Mbye who are accused of “theft, conspiracy and negligence of official duties” were granted a bail bond of D300, 000 ($1000) each guaranteed by two Gambians.
They denied the charges when they were arraigned on August 24, 2012 and are represented by council Mr. Emmanuel Chime.
“It will be in the interest of the justice for them to be given a bail condition that they could afford,” argues Counsel Chime who said it is a constitutional right to grant his clients bail. “Since May the accused persons are without a job.”
Police prosecutor Sergeant Manga objects to the bail application but saw his request dismissed by Magistrate Ade, presiding.
Manga cited incomplete investigations as being the bases of his objection. He also feared interference with his witnesses whom he said worked under the accused persons.
The accused are famous for authoring a damning report in May which indicted as “corrupt” the present Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia (UTG), Prof. Muhammadou Kah.
They were arrested and detained incommunicado for three months after the content of the report was made public. Earlier charges against the duo were dropped by State.
Source: The Voice