Gambia drops graft charges against four officials

Gambia drops graft charges against four officials

A court in The Gambia’s capital has dropped corruption charges against four officials, according to the Attorney General’s office.

Abdoulie Njie, Musa Jawla, Joseph Gabidon, Nfamara Darboe and Mataar Bah were officials of the West African nation’s Department of Fisheries.

Gambian authorities held the men liable for economic crimes, abuse of office, neglect of official duty and disobedience of statutory duty.

Gambia’s Justice Department has dropped corruption charges against some 28 other officials, who were accused by the former regime of corruption.

Justice Sainabou Wadda Cisse of the High Court in Banjul has ordered for their travel documents to be released.

Gambia’s previous government has charged many officials with economic crimes and giving false information. Critics say the officials were prosecuted because they fell apart with the government.

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