Non Appearance of Both Representatives Delays GRA Official’s Trial

By Kebba Jeffang

The ongoing criminal trial involving Mrs. Veronic Carayol, the Deputy Banjul Magistrates’ CourtCommissioner of Enforcement at the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) did not proceed yesterday, 20th October, 2014 at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court due to the absence of both the prosecutor and the defence counsel.

When the case was called, Magistrate Jackline N Hakim adjourned the matter to 2pm but none of the representatives appeared in court. She said due to the expiration of the stated time, the matter is adjourned.

She adjourned the case to today, 21st October, 2014 at 2pm in order to hear from the third prosecution witness.

It could be recalled that Madam Veronic Carayol, the deputy commissioner of Enforcement at The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) was arraigned and charged with four counts. However, the third count was not read in court due to the defence counsel’s objection that the said count should be referred to the Supreme Court for interpretation which was upheld by the court in a ruling.

According to the particulars of the offence on count one, ‘’abuse of office’, the accused, in Banjul and other places abused her office by allowing the official vehicle with registration No. GRA 63 to be used for carrying her sister’s employee and merchandise of baby diapers for an official mission and thereby committed an offence.

Count two, false information to public servant,  stated that the accused, in Banjul and other diverse places, falsely informed the panel of investigators that there is an outstanding balance businesspersons should pay, which she circulated and it was retrieved by some GRA top official, an information she knew or believed to be false.

On count four, the particulars of offence indicated that the accused, in Banjul and diverse places uttered by own words   that she accepted unsolicited money as gifts or consideration as an induction or reward for doing or for bearing to do or have been done or for borne to do this act in relation to her “principal affairs to show favours” and thereby committed an offence.