3 Ex-Gambia govt officials Goes to Jail

Three former Gambian government officials have been sentenced to two years in jail each after they were found guilty of conspiracy, giving false information and abuse of office.
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They are former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Lamin Jobarteh, former Solicitor General and Legal Secretary Pa Harry Jammeh, and former Secretary General and head of the civil service and Minister of Presidential Affairs Njogu Bah.

The charges against the former government officials stemmed from allegations that they conspired to remove Nigerian judge Justice Joseph Wowo, then sitting president of The Gambia Court of Appeal.

The three were said to have orchestrated Wowo’s arrest and subsequent detention and trial.

High Court judge Emmanuel Nkea said there was abundant evidence, both oral and documentary, from the accused persons themselves, that they held a few meetings at the state house where the removal, arrest and prosecution of Justice Wowo was discussed and agreed.

He said Wowo was not only removed from office as President of The Gambia Court of Appeal, but was also arrested, detained, charged and prosecuted.

“Therefore, I am satisfied that the prosecution has proved its case with the certainty required by law on counts 1 and 3 and the accused persons are accordingly convicted as charged,” Nkea said.

“I find it fit to sentence each of the accused persons to two (2) years imprisonment on each count. The sentences must however run concurrently,” Nkea said.

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