The High Court in Banjul on Friday refused to overturn the decision of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, who denied bail to the recently dismissed four top officials of the Gambia Revenue Authority.
Justice Emmanuel Nkea shared with prosecution’s view that the ‘influential’ accused persons could interfere with ongoing investigation or jump bail, if granted bail, despite defense lawyers’ assurances that that would not happen.
Under detention since their arrest on Thursday June 8, former GRA boss, Bakary Sanyang, Musukebba Corr, former Commissioner of Domestic Tax, Louie Gillen, Senior Officer at GRA, and Mamour Joof, Senior Officer at GRA, are among 14 people standing trial on accusations that they caused a loss of over D2 billion to the Gambia government.
The rest of the accused persons, namely, Muhammed Krubally, Serign Bamba Saho, Selia Cole, Neneh Jallow, Remeh Jagane, Emmanuel E. Chime, Rene Renner, Ebrima Kebbeh, Momodu Sanneh and Fatou Sonko, which include lawyers and accountants, have since been granted bail.
They were put on trial following a government-sanctioned Commission of Inquiry into tax evasion from 1999-2011, which reported that government incurred a loss of over D2 billion through tax evasion by 50 selected taxpayers, in connivance with revenue authorities.
The accused persons faced a 14-count charge, but these charges could be amended as the police prosecutors were on Wednesday allowed by the court to consult with the Attorney-General’s Chambers on the saga.
The case resumes today