Momodou Sabally, the erstwhile Director General of The Gambia Radio and Television services (GRTS) was today arraigned before Justice E.O.Dada of the High Court in Banjul.

The matter which was slated for plea taking of the accused could not proceed as the court deemed it necessary for the accused to be represented by a legal counsel.

The former GRTS boss was arrested on the 8th November, 2016 and had been in detention until today when he was escorted by two security officers and led into the courtroom.

When the case was called the accused entered the dock and the presiding Judge asked senior state counsel A.M.Yusuf if the state was having the bill of indictment to which he replied in the affirmative.

She then turned Sabally and asked him if he has a lawyer to which he said he has no lawyer.

Justice Dada then asked the state counsel how did the accused know that he was coming to court.

Senior state counsel Yusuf replied that the state informed the security to bring him to court.

At this juncture, the presiding Judge ordered that the accused be served with the bill of indictment to enable him (the accused) prepare for his case.

The matter was then adjourned to Tuesday, 29th November, 2016 for plea taking.

It would be recalled that Momodou Sabally was arraigned and tried by the High Court in Banjul last year on charges of neglect of official duty, economic crime amongst others.

The prosecution closed its case after calling ten witnesses and tendering exhibits to prove the charges against him.

He testified as a lone witness in his defence but as the matter was set for judgment which was to be delivered by the then presiding judge, Emmanuel Amadi, the state filed a nolle prosecui to discontinue the case and he was discharged, following been pardoned by the president.

Sabally was 2013 to 2015 secretary general, head of the civil service and minister of presidential affairs.

Written By A Correspondent In Banjul

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