By Mamadou Dem
Police Prosecutor, Sub-Inspector Alpha Badjie, yesterday informed the Banjul Magistrates’ Court presided over by Principal Magistrate Lamin Mbaye that the case file involving Lang Conteh, erstwhile Managing Director of Kanilai Family Farm is still at the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Sub-Inspector Alpha Badjie said, “We have not got the file from the AG Chambers. As of now, we have not called any witness. I want this court to grant us an adjournment for the last time.” Counsel for the accused, Lamin Mboge said “I will not oppose the application. If he cannot get it, I will follow up to know the position and location of the file for the interest of justice.”
The case was at that juncture adjourned till August 19th for hearing.
Mr. Conteh is standing trial on a single count charge of “theft” contrary to the laws of the Gambia. He appeared in court on the 7th of July this year and pleaded not guilty to the said charged and was subsequently remanded in Prison custody at Mile II. However when the case resumed for hearing on the 4th of August, he was granted bail in the sum of two million dalasi and ordered to produce two Gambian sureties. One of the sureties was asked to deposit a title deed of a property situated within the Greater Banjul Area.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused sometimes in 2012-2013 respectively, in the City of Banjul, stole the sum of “one million five hundred and thirty eight thousand eight hundred and four dalasis ninety-five bututs (D1,538,804.95) the property of Kanilai Family Farm, thereby committed an offence. He denied any wrong doing and was consequently remanded in Prison Custody.