EX-MINISTER OF WORKS PLEADS NOT GUILTY

By Rohey Jadama
The former Minister of Works, Ousman Badjie, yesterday 15th December,Ousman Badjie
2014 pleaded Not Guilty to all the five counts for which he is chargedbefore Justice Abi of the High Court.
When the matter was called, Hadi Saleh Barkum, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and M. Mendy appeared for the state whilst Lamin S.
Camara represented the accused person.
DPP applied for a five minute stand down to check which court the case
is reassigned to, there was no objection from the defence and it was
granted. DPP told the court that it has been checked and the file was
now before the court.
“We have already filed an indictment dated 9th December, 2014”, said
DPP. L.S Camara intimated to the court that the defence has not been
served with the said indictment, which contains Exhibits, Summary of
evidence and list of witnesses, which he said will help them to
prepare their defence. Replying to the defence, DPP said it will be
made available to the counsel before the next adjourned date.
“My lord there is a motion before this court in response to the bail
conditions and I wish to apply for it to be reviewed”, said L. S
Camara. DPP said the issue of bail is a matter between the court and
the applicant. L. S Camara argued that the bail issue can be raised at
anytime and is a constitutional right.
The motion on notice by the defence is an order for a review of the
ruling of this court dated 10th December, 2014 granting the applicant
bail, or in the alternative, an order varying the conditions of bail
granted to the applicant by this court on 10th December, 2014 from
D10, 000,000.00 and any further order this court deems fit to make.
The affidavit in support of the motion is sworn to by one Kebba
Sanneh, a Legal Clerk at Dandimayo Chambers and contains 14
paragraphs. He said he has the authority of the applicant to depose to
the affidavit. That the applicant was arraigned and granted bail by this
court on Wednesday the 10th, 2014. That he is informed by counsel
Lamin S. Camara and believes this to be true that the applicant could
not meet the onerous terms of the bail conditions as granted by this
court and was returned to the state central Prisons Mile 2.
The motion stated that the applicant is a father of several children
and has never had any problem with the law. That the sum the applicant
is charged with is D1,134,000,000 (1 million 134 thousand dalasis)
whilst bail is granted in the sum of D10,000,000 (ten million
dalasis). That the applicant’s family and friends are willing, but are
finding it extremely difficult to meet the said conditions imposed by
the court.
That the applicant has people ready and willing to act as surety for
him in the event that the court grants this application, on less
stringent terms. That he is informed by Counsel Lamin S. Camara and he
truly believes this. That the court has the jurisdiction to grant the
application. That unless this court orders the applicant’s release, he
will continue to languish in detention till the end of  trial. That it
is in the interest of justice that the application be granted. That he
made this statement to the best of his knowledge, information and
belief.