Justice Eneji dismisses petroleum directors bail request

momodou_o.s._bojang-dA High Court Judge in Banjul denied embattled Petroleum Director Momodou Badjie’s bail petition saying it “lacks merit.”

Badjie was the head of the government’s petroleum firm, Gambia National Petroleum Company.

He has been previously denied bail by two other courts in Banjul and committed to custody at the State Central Mile II prions in the outskirts of the capital.

Badjie was among dozens of senior government officials who were accused by the Jammeh administration of corruption.

Former oil minister Sira Wally Ndow, who was among those arrested with Mr. Badjie is expected in court today, sources say.

The Gambia has been prosecuting several cases of minor corruption but transparency groups said major corruption cases mostly by top elites of the regime have largely gone unpunished.

The Gambia’s presidency said it is the biggest case of corruption since the APRC government took power in 1994. President Yahya Jammeh has vowed to meet out severe punishments for those involved. President Jammeh is said to own a significant share of the GNPC with Lebanese businessman, Muhammed Bassi.

The national oil company in 2013 had a 128% decrease in revenue.

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