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Momodou



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Posted - 13 Jul 2013 :  10:55:34  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The following is culled from Kibaro Radio. I hope more of these disgusting judges and lawyers are exposed like this. Good job well done, keep it up.

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Videos Expose Corruption of Jobarteh, Chief Justice | Kibaaro News

YouTube Videos posted online in two series – parts 1 and 2 – have exposed the corrupt practices of the Gambia’s dismissed Minister of Justice Lamin Jobarteh and Chief Justice Joseph Wowo.

The former Justice Minister threatened an opposing party to accept six hundred thousand Dalasis or lose millions. Both parties have their Nigerian lawyers present at a meeting held at the residence of Justice Jobarteh.

In the the two videos posted by theinformer9849, Jobarteh and Wowo were heard negotiating with two accused persons that have pending cases in court. The accused persons met with Justice Jobarteh at his home where they paid for their cases to be buried under the carpet.

The video exposes Justice Wowo forcing one of the parties to offer something, although he had repeatedly admitted that his action was wrong. Justice Wowo said he should not have been present at such a meeting.

Ironically, Justice Wowo who is now appointed the Chief Justice of the Gambia asked one of the accused persons to pay something if he did not want to lose his pending case at the court. In the end, Justice Wowo backed down.


Source: Kibaaro News


Gambia Corruption (Part 1 of 2)



Gambia Corruption (Part 2 of 2)


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kaanibaa



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My God we are doomed ....any body who knows Jobarteh would easily pick out his unique voice on this recording...Now we have Wowo barking as the chief Justice which means he is back to swallow all the dirt sent his way or else goes to jail. This recording has sealed his fate and only time will tell how long he waits in the aisles before he gets caught up and flung into jail just like Jobs... Corrosive corruption has tainted the judicial quarter not even a giant paint brush can paint it white,,,,
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Momodou



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Posted - 16 Jul 2013 :  19:36:36  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So this is connection
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Barry/Diedrich trial Defense tenders disc of former Justice Minister
by Lamin Sanyang

Foroyaa: Published on Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Defense counsel, Loubna Farage yesterday, Monday 15 July, tendered an alleged disc containing secret discussions of the former Justice Minister Lamin Jobarteh, Chief Justice Wowo, lawyer Mene, Alieu Barry (2nd accused) and others in the case involving the state against Alieu Barry, a Gambian born British national and Mr. Bernd George Diedrich, a German national and Yaya Barry who are currently charged with various counts emanating from land transaction before Justice Mikhail Abdullahi of the Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court.

The first Defense Witness (DW1), Alieu Barry told the court in his evidence-in-chief that the main issue surrounding the case at hand has started when Mr. Andre Sape Van Klaaberven, the client of the former Justice Minister, Lamin Jobarteh, has lost his appeal for stay of execution at the Brikama High Court. He indicated that the said client was given a special permission by Justice Amadi to remain in the property till January 2013. He said he received a telephone call from lawyer Mene that the former Justice Minister wanted to meet them at his residence in the evening to discuss problems regarding his former client.

The Gambian born British national said he was escorted by lawyer Mene to the former Justice Minister’s residence where they found the present Chief Justice, Joseph Wowo, lawyer Chuku and his former client (Klaaberven). He said they were welcomed by the former Justice Minister (Jobarteh) himself. “In that meeting, we have a lengthy discussion with threats from the former Justice Minister (Jobarteh). He offered five hundred thousand dalasi as compensation for his former client, but I told him that I will forward his concerns to the first accused (Bernd George Diedrich) as I was acting only as an attorney on his behalf.
He told me that if we did not accept the said amount he offered to us then he has a hammer which he would use to hammer us,” said Alieu Barry (DW1). The witness told the court that the former Justice Minister has told him to inform the first accused (Diedrich) after his return to the country, he wants to be the first person to meet him. He alleged that the former justice Minister has threatened him to pay millions if he ever added any amount to the money he offered to them.
“It was so late and I was so afraid not knowing what would happen to me,” He said. In the meantime, the witness has removed a disc and flash drive from his pocket which he said were secret recordings of the said discussion that took place at the residence of the former Justice Minister (Lamin Jobarteh). At this juncture, the defense counsel made an application to tender the said disc for identification by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) before tendering it as evidence in court. The state prosecutor to the tendering of the materials, arguing that the recording is secondary evidence. He further argued that they did not know what is in the disc.
However, the objection made by the state prosecutor was overruled and the disc was admitted and marked as exhibit in court for identification by the (IGP).
“I believe, this is the reason why the former Justice Minister ordered for our arrest,” He pointed out. The witness indicated in his evidence earlier that after the incident at the country’s revenue authority, they were escorted to the Brusubi Police Station.
He disclosed that the Officer Commanding O/C Sawaneh of the said police station told them that they were not properly bailed as the 1st accused was asked to surrender his title deed. He said he was bailed by the 3rd accused (Yaya Barry) who is his younger brother.
He said they were bailed with an amount of D2.5 million. The Gambian born British national said during their detention at the Brusubi police station, they were denied access to a lawyer. He said he kept asking O/C Sawaneh why they were detained without any charges, but said Sawaneh told him that he was taking instructions from the former Justice Minister (Jobarteh).
He told the court that they were shown a letter addressed to the 1st accused regarding a breach of contract allegedly written by the Department of Lands and Survey. The witness said on the following day, they went to meet the Director of Lands and Survey concerning the said letter and requested for a copy. He told the court that the Director said he could not remember writing such a letter.
The defense witness said they were reporting twice a week at the Brusubi Police Station until the intervention of their counsel who helped them to report only once a week. He said they were later told by O/C Sawaneh of the additional charges of economic crime, forgery etc.

“We kept reporting tirelessly without being taken to any court. We requested our lawyer to write to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) about our plight at Brusubi Police Station which she has done,” said Alieu Barry, the first defense witness. The witness was quizzed as to whether he has a copy of the said letter written to the Inspector General of Police and he answered in the affirmative. He also added that they requested their lawyer to write to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Local Government and Lands which he said he has copies of both letters. He said he obtained the letter from their lawyer who gave copies to them.

At this juncture, the defense made an application to tender the said letters as evidence in court which was not objected to by the state. Subsequently, the two letters were admitted and marked as exhibits in court. In cross examining the witness, the state prosecutor Legenju Vitalisn asked him when the lease for the property at Bijilo was issued to the 1st accused, which the witness said was done in February 1996. He said the first accused has issued the Power of Attorney for him to act on his behalf when he was away in 2012. He noted that apart from the said Power of Attorney, he has never seen or signed any Power of Attorney.

The witness was asked the whereabouts of the 1st accused when the case was filed. He said he was in Germany. He disagreed with the prosecutor arguing that he has not said the judgment at the Brikama High Court ordered the defendants to compensate the 1st accused (Diedrich). He told the court that the term of payment was on compensation because the defendants were occupying the property of the 1st accused. He stressed that the only person who is paying D1.2 million is Alieu Jagne and is currently staying in the property.
Meanwhile, the case was adjourned till today, Tuesday 16 July, for continuation of cross-examination of the first defense witness.

Source: Foroyaa



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Momodou



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Ex-Chief Justice Wowo denies soliciting bribe in YouTube

By Baboucarr Senghore
The Point: Published on Monday, August 05, 2013


Disgraced former Chief Justice of The Gambia Friday invited journalists to a press conference, where he among others denied soliciting and negotiating a bribe, saying the audio tape that was posted on YouTube was “doctored by disgruntled and ill-intention people in order to deceive and mislead the Gambian people and the world at large.”
Justice Joseph Wowo, who did not entertain any question from the journalists, was sacked a few days after he was caught on tape alongside former Justice Minister Lamin Jobarteh, allegedly soliciting a bribe from a Dutch businessman, Andre Klaabergen, in an attempt to sway justice in a case before the Gambia Court of Appeal.

“How much are you willing to offer first, so that we can negotiate,” Mr Wowo was heard saying on tape, now posted on Youtube titled ‘‘Gambia Corruption.’’

“Since I was in the bench, I have never asked or received any sought of gratification in relation to the discharge of my judicial responsibilities,” he said at the press conference held in Fajara.

Though he did not deny attending the meeting at the house of former Justice Minister Jobarteh, Wowo said he had not broken any law by holding the meeting at Jobarteh’s residence.

“At the meeting for the settlement of both parties at the former Minister of Justice’ house, there was no agreement between the parties, and at no time was the issue of gratification to me discussed,” he said, adding that he was only trying to help both parties in the case reach an out-of-court settlement.

“You know my position; based on my position I’m not even supposed to come here in the first place. I’m the President of the Court of Appeal, and now I’m acting Chief Justice,” Wowo was heard saying in the tape.

According to him, at the time of the meeting, the case had not been entered at the Court of Appeal, and that he would not be one of the judges that will hear this case when it comes to the Court of Appeal for hearing.

“I’ve read your file at the Court of Appeal, [and] that is why I said you don’t have any case at the Court of Appeal. You will lose at the Court of Appeal, because the way they deal with the case at the Court of Appeal, the lawyer messed it up. That is why I called your lawyer, and said let us see how we can help you,” Wowo was further caught saying in the tape.

Justice Wowo told journalists that the presence of all the parties including the plaintiff, the defendants and their two lawyers, Christopher Mene for the plaintiff and Chuka Agbakuonwu for the defendants, made it impossible for the issue of bribery to be discussed.

‘‘I want to reiterate that I have never requested or demanded for any form of bribe or gratification for anything done or undone in the exercise of my judicial functions,’’ he stated.

Meanwhile, reports have it that the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria alongside some civil society organisations has shown interest in the matter.

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, promised to look into the matter to make sure Mr. Wowo was not wrongly accused, reports said.

“We believe in due process and rule of law,” Foreign Affairs Minister Ashiru told Nigerian journalists.

“That is what we even do in Nigeria here in terms of our judiciary, where our Chief Justice is working round the clock to sanitise the judiciary. The case in The Gambia is being looked into, and if there is any case of high-handedness or whatever, the Nigerian government will look into it and take necessary steps to ensure that the interest of the Nigeria is protected,” Ashiru was quoted as saying.

“One of our own principles is that we will stand up for our citizens’ rights anywhere in the world, especially where it is a case of victimisation or injustice. But when a Nigerian willfully plans to commit a crime, then he is on his own because, as government, we don’t support criminality, indiscipline, or anybody going to break the laws of any country,” he said.

Source: The Point

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Posted - 19 Aug 2013 :  21:18:54  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
THE PROBLEM OF THE PEOPLE NEEDS MORE THAN THE BROOMS AND THE RAKES AGAINST CORRUPTION
Foroyaa Editorial: Published on Friday, 16 August 2013


The executive should do a special study on earnings and cost of living to know that the problem of the country is beyond establishing a security apparatus and declaring one form of operation or the other against corruption. Despite the fixing and re-fixing of the exchange rates of foreign currencies, the cost of living is getting higher and higher.

A tin of one of the cheapest milk Omela costs 17 dalasis. If a family buys a tin each day it would spend 511 dalasis on milk alone. This would consume one fourth of the salary of a person earning 2000 dalasis a month which is above the income of the average income earner in the country. If the family adds a cup of sugar to this at 8 dalasis per cup, it will cost the family 750 dalasis monthly which is almost half the income of the average income earner. If the family adds five loaves of bread at 5 dalasis per loaf, it would spend 1650 dalasis per month. If butter is added to this and a tea bag for each family member of five the expenditure would rise above 2000 dalasis monthly. Hence the average salary could only provide a lean breakfast for a family.

There is need for a scientific determination of the life expectancy of Gambians today. Although the rise in funerals is not a proper way of determining life expectancy, there is indication that people are dying younger. Poor nutrition should not be ruled out. There is definite need to look at the earnings of people in the country. Any government that cannot improve the earnings should not pose itself as fit to govern. A government must have the capacity to eradicate starvation wages to be fit to govern a modern society that it seeks to present as an example worthy of emulation.


http://www.foroyaa.gm/editorial/13959-the-problem-of-the-people-needs-more-than-the-brooms-and-the-rakes-against-corruption

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Momodou



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MORE CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR WOWO AND JOBARTEH
by Lamin Sanyang
Published on Wednesday, 21 August 2013



The two most senior former officials of the country’s justice system, Mr. Joseph Wowo, former Chief Justice and Mr. Lamin A.M.S. Jobarteh, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice were yesterday, Monday 19 August, arraigned and charged for criminal offences before Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court.
When the case was announced in court, Justice Wowo, complained to the Court that he was sick and requested for a chair to sit. He told the Court that he was still under custody and when asked why as he was already granted bail for almost a week ago, he responded that he was unable to meet the bail conditions as he could not find any surety with a landed property in the Greater Banjul Area.

The State was represented by counsel M. Agiah, while lawyer Lamin S. Camara announced his appearance for Mr. Jobarteh (2nd accused). The counsel for Justice Wowo was was not in court. The first accused (Wowo) was charged with twelve counts, while the second accused (Jobarteh) is faced with three counts of criminal offences. Both accused persons have pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against them.

However, when the defence team made bail applications theywere not objected to by the State. Subsequently, the trial judge granted bail to both accused persons in the sum of D1 million with two Gambian sureties. They were ordered to deposit their travel documents with the Principal Registrar of the High Court. The first accused (Wowo) was ordered to report to the Kairaba Police Station thrice a week, while the second accused (Jobarteh) was ordered to report to the Old Yundum Police station thrice a week.

Justice Nkea made an order for the first accused to be allowed to go to the Medical Research Center (MRC) for medical treatments in case he was not able to meet the bail conditions.

COUNT ONE
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Abuse of office contrary to section 90 of the Criminal Code Vol. III Laws of The Gambia 2009.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

JOSEPH WOWO on or about the Month of November 2012 at Old Yundum in the Republic of The Gambia within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court in your capacity as the President of The Gambia Court of Appeal, being employed in a public service, in flagrant abuse of your Office directed Mr. Alieu Barry (attorney for Bernd George Diedrich) to succumb to negotiations to a pending case before the Gambia Court of Appeal which act was arbitrary and prejudicial to his rights of Judicial Redress and thereby committed an offence.

COUNT TWO
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

Frauds and Breaches of Trust by persons employed in the Public Services contrary to section 112 of the Criminal Code Vol. 111 Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

JOSEPH WOWO on or about the Month of November 2012 at Old Yundurn in the Republic of The Gambia within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court in your capacity as the President of The Gambia Court of Appeal, being employed in the Gambian public service and in purported discharge of your Office and in breach of public trust bestowed on you by virtue of your office, unduly influenced Mr. Alieu Barry (attorney for Bernd George Diedrich) to succumb to negotiations over a pending case before the Gambia Court of Appeal which act was against a private person and detrimental to his rights of Judicial Redress and thereby committed an offence

COUNT THREE
STATEMENT CF OFFENCE
Conspiracy to defeat Justice and interference with witnesses contrary to section 102 of the Criminal Code Vol. III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE
JOSEPH WOWO and LAMIN JOBARTEH on or about the Month of November 2012 at Old Yundum in the Republic of The Gambia within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court in your capacities as the President of The Gambian Court of Appeal and the Attorney General & Minister of Justice respectively, with intent to obstruct, prevent, pervert or defeat the course of justice conspired and coerced Mr. Alieu Barry (attorney for Bernd George Diedrich) to succumb to negotiations over a pending case before the Gambia Court of Appeal which act was an interference with the due execution of legal proceedings pending before the Gambian Court of Appeal and thereby committed an offence.
COUNT FOUR
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Offences relating to Judicial Proceedings contrary to section 106(1)(d) of the Criminal Code Vol. III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
PARTICULARS OF OFFFNCE
JOSEPH WOWO and LAMIN JOBARTEH on or about the Month of November 2012 at Old Yundum in the Republic of The Gambia within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court in your capacities as the President of The Gambian Court of Appeal and the Attorney General & Minister of justice respectively, with intend to defeat the course of justice conspired and coerced while judicial proceedings were pending before The Gambia Court of Appeal, made assertions misrepresenting proceedings which was capable of prejudicing Mr. Alieu Barry (attorney for Bernd George Diedrich) to succumb to negotiations in favour of Andre Sape Van Klaabergen who was one of the parties to the proceeding, which act was an interference and deviation from the normal proceedings with the due execution of legal proceedings pending before the Gambian Court of Appeal and thereby committed an offence.

COUNT FIVE
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Abuse of Office contrary to section 90 of the Criminal Code Vol. III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

JOSEPH WOWO on or about the 7th day of December,2012 at Banjul, in the Republic of The Gambia within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court in your capacity as the President of The Gambia Court of Appeal, being employed in a public service, in flagrant abuse of your Office transferred the Principal Registrar of The Gambia High Court; Mrs. Mariama Ceesay Mboob to the Brikama High Court for her having refused your directive to delete paragraph two of her letter dated the 7th of December,2012 for being in conflict with your letter to the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency dated the 3rd of December,2012 against Mrs. Amie Bensouda and thereby committed an offence.

COUNT SIX
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Giving False Information to a Public Servant contrary to section 114 of the Criminal Code Vol. 111 Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

JOSEPH WOWO on or about the 3rd day of December 201 2, in the City of Banjul, in the Republic of The Gambia, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, wrote a letter dated the 3rd day of December,2012 to the National Intelligence Agency, informing them that the Registrar of the High Court Mrs. Mariama Ceesav informed you that Mrs. Amie Bensouda requested for a records which she Mariama Ceesav refused and referred her to the Sheriff of The High Court Mr. Buba Jawo information you knew and believed to be false.

COUNT SEVEN
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Giving False Information to a Public Servant contrary to section 114 of the Criminal Code Vol. 111 Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
PARTCULARS OF OFFENCE

JOSEPH WOWO on or about the 3rd day of December 2012, in the City of Banjul, in the Republic of The Gambia, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, wrote a letter dated the 3rd day of December,2012 to the National Intelligence Agency, informing them that the Staff of the High Court Registry informed you that Mrs. Arnie Bensouda said that they should compile all cases and not only land cases information you knew and believed to be false.

COUNT EIGHT
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Giving False Information to a Public Servant contrary to section 114 of the Criminal Code Vol. III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE
JOSEPH WOWO on or about the 3rd day of December 2012, in the City of Banjul, in the Republic of The Gambia, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, wrote a letter dated the 3rd day of December,2012 to the National Intelligence Agency, informing them that Ms Anna Njie from Mrs. Amie Bensouda’s Chambers lied to you when she told you that the information they wanted was only relating to land cases information you knew or believed to be false.

COUNT NINE
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Giving False Information to a Public Servant contrary to section 114 of the Criminal Code Vol. III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

JOEPH WOWO on or about the 3rd day of December 2012, in the City of Banjul, in the Republic of The Gambia, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, wrote a letter dated the 3rd day of December,2012 to the National Intelligence Agency, informing them that the conduct of Mrs. Amie Bensouda tended to undermine the administration of The Gambia Judiciary information you knew or believed to be false.

COUNT TEN
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Giving False Information to a Public Servant contrary to section 114 of the Criminal Code Vol. III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

JOSEPH WOWO on or about the 3rd day of December 2012, in the City of Banjul, in the Republic of The Gambia, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, wrote a letter dated the 3rd day of December,2012 to the National Intelligence Agency, informing them that Mrs. Amie Bensouda conducted her activities in a clandestine manner information you knew or believed to be false.
COUNT ELEVEN
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Giving False Information to a Public Servant contrary to section 114 of the Criminal Code Vol. III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

JOSEPH WOWO on or about the 3rd day of December 2012, in the City of Banjul, in the Republic of The Gambia, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, wrote a letter dated the 3rd day of December,2012 to the National Intelligence Agency, informing them that after your letter of complaint about the activities of Mrs. Arnie Bensouda, her Chambers later sent a letter requesting for the collection of data on the resolution of Land Disputes the next day an information you knew or believed to be false.
COUNT TWELVE
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
Giving False Information to a Public Servant contrary to section 114 of the Criminal Code Vol. III Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.
PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

JOSEPH WOWO on or about the 3rd day of December 2012, in the City of Banjul, in the Republic of The Gambia, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, wrote a letter dated the 3rd day of December,2012 to the National intelligence Agency, informing them that the letter from Amie Bensouda & co was received by you on the 6th day of December,2012 information you knew or believed to be false.
COUNT THIRTEEN
STATEMENT OF OFFENCE
False assumption of authority contrary to section 92 of the Criminal Code Vol. 111 Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009.

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE
JOSEPH WOWO on or about the 19th Day of November,2012, in the City of Banjut in the Republic of The Gambia, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, without lawful authority assumed the Office and Functions of the Acting Chief Justice of The Republic of The Gambia which functions and acts are of a public nature which could only have been done by persons authorized by law to do so, and thereby committed an offence.

Source: Foroyaa

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1.Startling revelations in Justice Wowo & Jobarteh’s trial -As PW2 testifies

Daily Observer News: Friday, August 30, 2013

Author: Fatou Sowe

"One Alieu Barry, a resdent of Bijilo and a nurse by profession, yesterday 29th August 2013, testified as the second prosecution witness (PW2), in the criminal trial involving the state against the former Chief Justice of The Gambia -Justice Joseph Wowo and Lamin AMS Jobarteh, the former Attorney General and minister of Justice, before Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.

In his testimony, PW2 told the court that he met the accused persons at a meeting held on the 26th November 2012, at the compound of the 2nd accused person (Jobarteh) in Old Yundum village. He explained that on this day, he received a phone call from Lawyer Christopher Meneh informing him that they were invited for a meeting at the house of the 2nd accused person, adding that he and Lawyer Meneh drove up to ‘Speed’ fuel station in Old Yundum and found a 4 by 4 tainted vehicle, and also met Lawyer Chukwuaa who led them to the residence of the second accused person. He testified that upon arrival they were welcomed by the second accused to his living room, where they found the first accused person sitting.

According to him, the first accused person (Justice Wowo) introduced himself as the chairman of the meeting. He said Wowo informed them that he was at the meeting on the invitation of the second accused, and that he had gone through the case file at the Court of Appeal, but the former client of the second accused (Jobarteh) has no case because of the way his lawyer handled the matter at the Lower Court and he cannot raise these issues in the Court of Appeal as it will not be allowed.

He informed the court that Wowo made it clear to them at the meeting that he should not have attended the meeting, as he was the acting Chief Justice and also the president of The Gambia Court of Appeal, but he was invited by the second accused to be part of the negotiation and he will not take the case if it reaches the Appeal Court.

PW2 further told the court that the second accused proposed to pay him and his German partner the sum of D500,000 but he [PW2] told him that he needed to consult his partner before taking any decision about the matter.

He further testified that, that was the time the second accused started to threaten him. He said that Justice Wowo asked Jobarteh to increase the amount to D600, 000 for it to be easier to convince his partner but Jobarteh said he was not paying anything more D500, 000 and if he [PW2] tries to insist, he knows what to do.

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Ex-Chief Justice Wowo asked for an offer not bribe, Witness tells court

By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The Point: Published on Wednesday, September 04, 2013


Former Chief Justice Joseph Wowo requested for an offer from a Dutch businessman, but did not solicited any bribe, the state witness in the ongoing trial against Wowo and former Justice Minister Lamin Jobarteh yesterday told the Special Criminal Court.

‘‘Wowo was requesting for an offer so that they could negotiate, and did not solicit any bribe from anybody in that meeting,’’ the witness told the court.

Alieu Barry, who is the second state witness, made the revelation while continuing his testimony in the trial involving Wowo and Lamin AMS Jobarteh before Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

Joseph Wowo and Lamin AMS Jobarteh are being tried on a thirteen-count indictment which include abuse of office, conspiracy to defeat Justice and interference with witnesses, offences relating to Judicial proceeding, to giving false information, which they had denied.

Yesterday’s proceedings saw the tendering of the CD, following a ruling delivered by the court, after an earlier objection by the defence to the tendering of the CD.

Justice Nkea, in his ruling, stated among other things that sufficient foundation had been laid and the objection lacked merit, and admitted the CD as an exhibit.

Continuing his testimony, Barry added that in addition to what he had said, there was an affidavit which was published in Today newspaper by his lawyer, Christopher Mene.

“This was drafted by Mene and he asked me to sign it regarding Mr Wowo’s unethical professional standard,” he said, adding that according to Mr Mene, he was going to use it in Nigeria and not in The Gambia.

He stated that in connection to the information found on YouTube, it was wrongly interpreted.

“I went to the YouTube myself where I found a comment on it that a Nigerian judge was requesting a bribe from a Dutchman,” he testified.

Barry said that Justice Wowo was asking the Dutchman to offer something, which was wrongly interpreted.

The witness also told the court that the affidavit that was published in Today newspaper was not done with his consent.

“I did not ask Mr Mene to prepare any affidavit for me. I only signed the said affidavit because what Mene told me was what I found on the internet, that is, ‘Mr Wowo’s unethical professional standard’ which was in question,” Barry further told the court.

At this juncture, he appealed to the court for the CD to be played in court so that he could listen to it to confirm its content.

The CD was then played in an open court, and after listening to the contents of the CD, he confirmed it.

He continued to state that when the affidavit was published in The Gambia, he did not do anything, as he did not have the capability to do anything.

Justice Wowo said he was at the meeting to chair the meeting, and to mediate, Barry said.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel Uzuma, the witness stated that Justice Wowo said that he would not preside over the case, when the matter came to court.

He maintained that the 1st accused, Joseph Wowo, did not solicit any bribe at that meeting held at the residence of the ex-Justice Minister Jobarteh.

He did not make any complaint against the 1st accused, Wowo, anywhere, Barry added.

The case continues today.

Source: The Point

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Dutch businessman testifies in Wowo/Jobarteh trial

By Lamin Sanyang
Foroyaa:Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Mr. Andre Sape Van Klaabergen, a Dutch businessman residing in the country, has yesterday, Tuesday, 23 October, testified as a prosecution witness in the trial involving the state versus Joseph Wowo, former Chief Justice of The Gambia and Mr. Lamin A.M.S. Jobarteh, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, who are both standing trial before Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court. When the case was called, the state was represented by Legenju Vitalisn, while lawyers Uzoma and Borry S. Touray announced their appearance for the first accused (Wowo) and second accused (Jobarteh) respectively. In his evidence in chief, the prosecution witness introduced himself to the court as Andre Sape Van Klaabergen. He said he is a Dutch national and deals in solar business in the country. He said he knows the second accused (Jobarteh) and met the first accused (Wowo) at a meeting held at Jobarteh’s house. The witness said they bought a plot at Bijilo in 2005. He said the second accused (Jobarteh) was his lawyer at the time. He said they received a letter for occupying the property of Mr. Bernd George Diedrich in July/August 2006. He said he contacted his lawyer (Jobarteh) who arranged a meeting with Mr. Bernd George Diedrich and Mr. Alieu Barry. ..


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toubab1020



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Posted - 24 Oct 2013 :  13:52:44  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This case rumbles on and on with confusion and unreliability evident in very much of the testimony that has been heard,the judge,Justice Emmanuel Nkea ,will have to have the judgement of Solomon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_view_of_Solomon) in order to bring this case to a just conclusion on the evidence given before the court.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 24 Oct 2013 13:55:52
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Posted - 12 Jun 2014 :  17:28:11  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
1. DAILY OBSERVER NEWS;

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Edited by - kobo on 12 Jun 2014 17:29:53
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Lawyers are not troublemakers, but… – Bar Association chief

Daily Observe: Published on Friday, June 20, 2014


The president of The Gambia Bar Association has challenged lawyers in the judicial sector to maintain standards at all times, stressing that they are supposed to be problem solvers and not otherwise.

Lawyer Loubna Farage was speaking recently during the enrollment ceremony of 18 newly qualified lawyers into the Gambian Bar. She argued that a legal system that fails to respond to the needs of the society in which it operates, risks being an impediment rather than a facilitator of the growth of that society. But even worse, she said it risks the creation of a lawless and undisciplined society in which the law is trampled upon and impunity is given free rein.

The Bar Association chief put it to the young lawyers that they have a role to play in helping to build a more credible profession as demanded and expected by their colleagues in the Bar and the society. Farage underscored that law must be responsive to the needs of the society else it ceases to be functional.

“So lawyers must be truthful, credible, committed to the profession and sincere,” she stressed, adding: “It is expected for the young lawyers to be committed to the constitution, rule of law and to strive to promote the ideals of good governance, which are the foundation upon which they will build other values and responsibilities.”.........Full Report
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Here again The British are to blame for coining the word layer in the year 1377,I wonder if any mathematician has calculated the amount of money that has been obtained by these individuals since 1377 ,bet its quite a lot . Cynical me ?

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_did_the_word_lawyer_come_from

It goes without saying,doesn't it?


Of “So lawyers must be truthful, credible, committed to the profession and sincere,” she stressed, adding: “It is expected for the young lawyers to be committed to the constitution, rule of law and to strive to promote the ideals of good governance, which are the foundation upon which they will build other values and responsibilities.


"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

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Posted - 22 Jun 2014 :  07:11:44  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by toubab1020

Here again The British are to blame for coining the word lawyer in the year 1377,I wonder if any mathematician has calculated the amount of money that has been obtained by these individuals since 1377 ,bet its quite a lot . Cynical me ?

Where did the word lawyer come from?

It goes without saying,doesn't it?

1. Toubab 1020 are you are running out of steam or suffering PARANOID (..of Britishness)

CREDIT TO THE BRITS (FOR ORIGIN OF WORD OR DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH VOCAB AND LANGUAGE FOR COMMUNICATION) & IT IS NOT BLAMING ANYONE for "coining" it.

ANSWER GIVEN is simply stated that;
  • "Lawyer is entirely an English word; first attested in 1377, from Middle English lawe "law"+ "purveyor" suffix -iere. Spelling with -y- first attested 1611."

quote:
Originally posted by toubab1020


Of “So lawyers must be truthful, credible, committed to the profession and sincere,” she stressed, adding: “It is expected for the young lawyers to be committed to the constitution, rule of law and to strive to promote the ideals of good governance, which are the foundation upon which they will build other values and responsibilities.

2. REFER Do the best lawyers come from Harvard? ANSWER QUOTED:
  • "No. There are many good law schools, and more important than the school is the person."

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Posted - 22 Jun 2014 :  11:54:53  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Kobo, Thanks, I understand,"are you are running out of steam or suffering PARANOID" are probably correct, just like you I am proud of my country,look a little deeper into my words that I used in response to the words used in your own posting i.e.:

"The president of The Gambia Bar Association has challenged lawyers in the judicial sector to maintain standards at all times, stressing that they are supposed to be problem solvers and not otherwise."

I hope this clarification helps and I am not indulging in politico speak !



"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 22 Jun 2014 11:58:45
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