By Mustapha Jallow
This reporter went to meet the different family members of Mr. Momodou Sabally, the former Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service and Minister for Presidential Affairs, to find out whether they have access to him and have made any attempt to secure legal counsel in order to apply for bail since he was remanded in custody at the NIA by the High Court on 11 August, 2014.
When this reporter visited his family residence in Lamin, a close relative indicated that the family in Lamin could not say anything about Mr Sabally since he was remanded. They appeared traumatized and preferred to say very little.
At his private residence in Kotu, this reporter met the caretaker and two boys said to be Mr. Sabally’s children. An effort to interview his wife proved unsuccessful.
Prior to his removal from the cabinet on 7st July, 2014, Mr. Sabally was moved from the position of Secretary General, Head of the Civil Service and Minister of Presidential Affairs and reassigned to the portfolio of Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.
Mr. Sabally is facing two counts of ‘Abuse of office’ and ‘Economic crimes’ before Justice Mikailu Abdulahi of the Banjul High Court. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
His case was adjourned for hearing on 14th October, 2014 at the High Court in Banjul. This means two months of detention without court appearance. No information is available on any effort being made to secure bail before the trial. Remand prisoners also have rights. Foroyaa would be ready to meet any family member who wishes to confirm that those rights are being protected as he remains a remanded prisoner under the custody of the NIA.