Corruption charges against Gambia’s ex-president’s son dropped

Corruption charges against Gambia’s ex-president’s son dropped

Gambian authorities have dropped corruption charges against Ebrima Jawara, the son of the country’s first post-colonial ruler, Sir Dawda Jawara.

Jawara was facing 19 charges including abuse of office and economic crimes.

Similar charges against him were dropped by the West African authorities in January following the removal of the former dictator, Yahya Jammeh.

Jawara is accused of influencing the appointment of a police officer into a project monitoring committee set up by Jammeh’s office and for mismanaging projects.

Three others jointly charged with him, Alasan Bah, Sulayman Manneh and Hassan Jallow also had their charges dropped.

Jawara was the Permanent Secretary and head of the Central Projects Coordinating Unit overseeing donor-funded projects under the Ministry of Agriculture.

Since Jammeh’s ouster, Gambian authorities have dropped corruption charges against nearly 42 government workers and reinstated most of them.

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