The sacked GRTS boss and former Presidential Affairs Minister Momodou Sabally has flatly refuses to enter any plea, when the charges filed against him by the state were read out to him before Justi E.O. Dada, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Sabally’s reason was: He said the state had earlier filed a “nolle prosecution” by withdrawing the charges against him. Mr. Sabally said he cannot take a plea on an offence he has been cleared by the state. The charges read out to him in court were withdrawn by the Gambian state last year.
Sabally has been slammed with eight count charges. He told the court that he has secured the services of a lawyer, who was busy litigating cases in another court.
State Counsel A.M.Yusuf told the court that Sabally was discharged in 2015 from the said charges, and not acquitted. Sabally maintained that he was cleared by the state.
“In the month of May 2014 in Banjul, whilst serving as the Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs caused economic loss to Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC) to the tune of D402,500.00 by unduly influencing the said SSHFC to fund a programme titled ‘Youth Career Development Programme’ organised by one Mariama Sillah,” the charge sheet revealed.
Mr. Sabally has rescheduled to reappear in court today.