The trial of EbrimaJawara and four other staff of the Rural Finance
Project under the Ministry of Agriculture failed to proceed on Tuesday,
13th October, 2015 due to lack of a judge to preside over their case.
The accused persons, who were granted bail, with the exceptionof EbrimaJawara, could not fulfill the conditions which require them to
pay the sum in cash to the Principal Registrar of the High Court and
are therefore detained at Mile Two central prison.
The said sums are D6 million for Sulayman Manneh, D7 million for
Lamin Fatajo and Lamin Mass and D10 million for Dr.Alasan Bah.
When the accused persons appeared on Tuesday with their counsels, they
were told that their trial could not proceed due to the lack of a
judge after having spent an hour waiting.
When this reporter contacted the Judicial Secretary to shed light on
the issue, Landing M. Sanneh explained that the judges were on
vacation and had resumed recently and that Justice Balarabe, the
vacation judge, who was presiding over the case was on casual leave.
He, however, said that things will be normal by next week.