Gambia women's rights activists charged with theft

Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Two officials of the Gambian NGO, Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP), were on Monday charged with theft before Principal Magistrate Emmanuel Nkea of the Banjul Magistrate's Court.
According to the prosecution, the Executive Director of GAMCOTRAP, Dr.
Isatou Touray and programme coordinator, Amie Bojang-Sissoho, in 2009 jointly stole 30,000 euros provided by the Spanish NGO,Yolacamba Solidaridad, to GAMCOTRAP.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty and applied for bail through their defence counsel, Lamin L.
Mboge, who argued that the offence his clients are charged with are bailable.
The prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Tijan Bojang, objected to the bail application on the grounds that the police are in court because they are ready to respect the fundamental human rights of the accused persons.
Bojang said they were previously granted bail by the police but after consultations with the investigator and the prosecution, they were informed that the accused persons are very influential persons at GAMCOTRAP and were always in the centre of events, adding that if they were granted bail, they would obstruct investigations.
Magistrate Nkea adjourned the case till Tuesday to rule on the bail application.
GAMCOTRAP is committed to the promotion and protection of women and the girl child's political, social, sexual, reproductive health and educational rights.

11 october 2010 21:43:00

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