Gambia: Trial of 27 civil servants mired

Manga 3The trial of at least 27 civil servants accused of attempting to unlawfully auction off dozens of government vehicles have stalled, judicial sources confirmed.

Police Prosecutor ASP Almameh Manga said investigations are still ongoing and expected to be concluded next week. Prosecutor Manga said once investigations are done, the case will be submitted.

Defense attorneys for the accused persons did not object to the adjournment request by the state and the trial is expected to resume on August 30.

Authorities in the Gambia in June fired the 27 government officials including ten permanent secretaries on suspicion of having fraudulently auction some 545 vehicles belonging to the government. President Yahya Jammeh was said to have signed off the auctioning of the vehicles but later said he was unaware of the price at which they were trying to sell them off for.

Jammeh said the auction prices were below the value of the vehicles, which would have been a loss for the government.

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