Lawyer Jah Charged With Offering $100,000 to Justice Awa Bah

By Mamadou Dem

A single count charge of “Official Corruption” involving Barrister and Solicitor Ebrima Jah, was on Thursday 12th June, 2014 mentioned before Justice Emmanuel Amadi of the Special Criminal Court of the High Court of The Gambia.

According to the particulars of offence, the aforesaid person, on or about the 20th of March, 2014 at Banjul, Republic of the Gambia, within the jurisdiction of the court, whilst serving as counsel for the plaintiff in suit number HC/022/14/Co/006/D2 Multi Steel Company Limited Vs Omar Jasseh and Another before Honourable Justice Awa Bah “offered the sum of one hundred thousand U.S Dollar (US$100,000.00) equivalent to (D4,000,000.00) to the said honourable Justice Awa Bah in your bid to influence her to decide the case in your favour and thereby committed an offence.”

When the case was called for mention and plea taking, the accused was not present in court nor was he represented by counsel. State counsel Mrs. Amenchi Adeyemi informed the court that the accused was on police bail; adding that the matter was for mention but the state was not aware whether services were effected on the accused person.

“Since there is no proof of service, we are applying for adjournment and in case he (accused) fails to appear at the next adjourned date, we would make the necessary application,” she submitted.

However, the trial Judge indicated that the process server should produce affidavit of service of the accused person and consequently adjourned the matter to June 23rd, 2014.