Th Appeal Court in Banjul has cleared the Lebanese businessman Tarik Musa and his TK Motors company from the Janneh Commission findings, as his lawyer Sheriff Tambadou was able to convince two of the Appeal Court judges to endorse the so called “consent terms,” that he raised during the proceedings, Freedom Newspaper can report. The Ministry of Justice is complicit in the said “concern terms”, according to our investigations. Tarik has been cleared from any wrongdoing.
It would be recalled that Tarik Musa and TK Motors were ordered by the Janneh Commission to pay millions of dalasis to the state. But under the Appeal Court ruling, Tarik Musa, has been vindicated. He has walked away scot free as a freeman.
A Google search revealed that a consent terms judgment “Also called a consent decree, a consent judgment is a court order to which all involved parties have agreed. A consent judgment is used to settle a lawsuit and must be approved by the court to be legally binding.” (Source: https://www.bankrate.com/glossary/c/consent-judgment/)
A consent judgment might also serve as a compromise or settlement between the two parties. For example, a creditor might agree to accept less than the full amount of the debt, provided the defendant abides by a payment plan and fully pays the settlement amount. The creditor and debtor write up the agreement, and the judge signs it.
Per the court ruling, Mr. Musa, is not required to pay any liabilities to the state. In other words, he is not going to pay a single butut to The Gambian government.
The case was presided over by Justice Edrissa Fafa M’Bai.
Two of the Appeal Court Judges: Naceesay Salla Wadda and Justice Kumba Sillah have supported the consent judgement. Though, Justice Edrissa Fafa M’Bai had disagreed with his colleagues.
In the final analysis, the majority carried the vote. Justice Wadda and Justice Sillah’s ruling prevailed.
Legal observers believed that the “Consent judgement with the AG’s Chambers was a coverup.” Lawyers in Banjul have been openly discussing the case during their free time. They couldn’t understand how Tarik Musa was allowed to walk scot free–given the millions of dalasis that he was supposed to pay the state.