Ruling on Lang Conteh’s ‘no case’ submission rescheduled

By Mamadou Dem
Magistrate Momodou Jallow of Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 16
April, rescheduled the delivery of the ruling on the ‘no case to
answer’ submission filed by the lawyer of Lang Conteh, former Kanilai
Family Farm Manager, to the last day of the month.The defence has filed a ‘no case to answer’ after the prosecution
presented all its witnesses, including, former Secretary General and
Head of the Civil Services, Dr. Njogu Bah, as well as business tycoon,
Amadou Samba.

When the case resumed yesterday for ruling on the defence’s
application, Lawyer Lamin K. Mboge announced his representation for
the accused whilst Sub-Inspector Alpha Badjie appeared for the
Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The trial magistrate indicated that the ruling was not ready and
subsequently adjourned the case to 30th April for ruling on the
defence’s submission.

Mr. Conteh is facing trial for allegedly stealing sometime in
2012-2013 the sum of     One million five hundred and thirty eight
thousand eight hundred and four dalasi ninety-five bututs (D1,
538,804.95) being the property of Kanilai Family Farm. He, however,
denies any wrong doing.

Meanwhile, the ‘Abuse of office’ trial involving Dr. Njogu Bah was
also adjourned to the same date for ruling on a question raised during
re-examination by his attorney, Lamin Mboge and also for the
prosecution, led by Babucarr Drammeh, to take a date to address the
court.

The prosecution alleges that Dr. Bah sometimes in the month of
January, 2013, abused the authority of his office as Secretary General
and Head of Civil Service by interfering with the recommendation and
posting of Ms. Jainaba Jobarteh to the Gambia’s Permanent Mission at
the United Nations in New York without following the proper procedure
of nomination. He denies the charge.