4 Charged for Trafficking in Persons

By Mamadou Dem
The National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons (NAATIP) has levelled
four criminal counts against one Ali Fneiche for trafficking in
persons contrary to section 28 and punishable under section 28 (4) of
the Trafficking in Persons Act, Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009. The case was mentioned at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court presided over by
Magistrate Samsideen Conteh.
However, the principal suspect and first accused in this case together
with one Sulayman Bojang and AlasanJ allow who are charged with a single
count of “Acting as intermediary for the purpose of Human Trafficking”
were said to be at large.
According to the particulars of offence on count one, the first
accused Ali Fneiche between January and December 2014 in Banjul and
diverse places within the jurisdiction of the court recruited 19
Gambian girls to Lebanon for the purpose of exploitation and thereby
committed an offence.
On the particulars of offence on count two, the prosecution alleged that the
same accused person between the same months and year in Banjul and
diverse places within the jurisdiction of the court transported 19
Gambian girls to Lebanon for the purpose of exploitation and thereby
committed an offence.
The particulars of offence on the third count reveals that the same accused
between the same period in Banjul and diverse places within the
jurisdiction of the court received 19 Gambian girls to Lebanon for the
purpose of exploitation and thereby committed an offence.
According to the fourth count, the said accused person within the same
period in Banjul and diverse places within the jurisdiction of the
court transferred 19 Gambian girls to Lebanon for the purpose
of exploitation and thereby committed an offence.
The particulars of offence on the fifth count states that
Sulayman Bojang, MomodouBojang and Alasan Jallow between January and
December 2014 in Banjul and diverse places within the jurisdiction of
the court acted as intermediaries for the purpose of human trafficking
by participating in the recruitment of some Gambian girls to Lebanon
for the purpose of exploitation and thereby committed an offence.
When the matter was called, only the second accused, MomodouBojang was
in court while his co-accused persons were said to be at large.
State counsel Mansour Jobe submitted that since the whereabouts of the
other accused persons are unknown,  “We are humbly applying for this court
to issue an arrest warrant for the 1st, 3rd and 4th accused persons
respectively.”
According to counsel Jobe, the issuance of the said warrant will
enable the police to locate them wherever they may be and bring them to
face the charges levelled against them. He finally urged the court to
grant the application.
With regards to the 2nd accused person, Momodou Bojang who was present
in court, the prosecution submitted that the second accused was
reporting regularly to the police station and therefore they would not
oppose bail. He however urged the court to be guided by the magnitude
of the charge meted against him.
The trial Magistrate granted the application made by the prosecution
and ordered that the court would issue an arrest warrant against the trio and release the 2nd accused on bail in the sum of D250,000.00 (Two-hundred and Fifty Thousand Dalasis) and ordered him to produce a Gambian surety who must swear to an affidavit of means and deposit a title deed valued at the said sum. He further ordered the 2nd accused to be reporting on bail at Banjul Station every Monday.
Consequently, the matter was adjourned pending the arrest and
subsequent appearance of those at large.