Police prosecutors in the Gambia dropped corruption charges against at least 24 senior government officials, most of them permanent secretaries, who were accused of corruption by former President Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh accused them of trying to sell government vehicles for D4.5 million, far less than their combined worth.
“Some of them are brand new ones which were reported to be sold at D20,000,” he said. “They only ran for few months. They did not send the cars to a qualified mechanic to know the condition of the vehicles and there was no report to identify the condition of the vehicles.”
They were also accused of negligence of duty and abuse of office.
Prosecutors had alleged that they neglected their duties to have mechanics to assess and diagnose the conditions of vehicles and abused their office by identifying government vehicles for auction without following proper procedure.
The senior official were arrested in July 2016 by agents from the National Intelligence Agency.
Rights campaigners voiced outrage over their ‘unlawful detentions’ and other abuses in Gambia on as it emerged they had been held without charges for more than a week.
President Yahya Jammeh was defeated in the polls by businessman Adama Barrow. Barrow had signed an executive order for the release of the many political detainees in detention.
He has sworn to uphold the rule of law.