2 Charged For Causing Economic Loss to GAMTEL

By Mamadou Dem
Two foreign nationals were yesterday, 21st  January, 2015 arraigned at
the Banjul Magistrates Court and charged with a single count of‘Economic Crime’ contrary to Section 5 (f) of the Economic Crimes
(specified offences) Act, laws of the Gambia.

However, the accused persons could not take their pleas on the charge
against them on the grounds that the Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP), Hadi Saleh Barkum, submitted to the court that it was his
intention to arraign the accused persons on the charge but had agreed
with counsel for the accused persons, Kebba  Sanyang, to apply for an
adjournment to today (Thursday).

The DPP told the court that realised that the case file was not with
him as well as the documents trying them summarily. He therefore
applied for the accused persons to be put in custody pending the day
of arraignment.

Barrister Sanyang did not object to DPP’s application but appealed to
the court for his clients to be put in the custody of the police.

Principal Magistrate Dawda Jallow consequently ruled that based on the
agreement made by the two counsels the matter was adjourned to today
for arraignment. He added that both accused be kept in custody at
Banjul Police Station.
The case resumes today for mention and plea taking.
Prosecution alleges that Xiong Jun and He Lisheng in the month of
December 2014 at Kairaba Avenue in the Kanifing Municipality (K.M.C)
within the jurisdiction of the court did commit an offence to wit:
Caused economic loss to Gambia Telecommunication Company Limited
(GAMTEL) in the sum of fifty thousand dalasis (D50,000) by installing
a giant sim box with the view of diverting international calls from
the Gamtel international gateway, which act is detrimental to the
economy of the Gambia and thereby committed an offence.