The Banjul High Court yesterday granted bail to the two remanded State House security officers to the tune of D1,000,000 each.
Superintendent Manlafi Sanyang, Vehicle Logistics Officer at State House and Lt. Bakary Camara, a bodyguard to the President, are standing trial for stealing a motor vehicle and economic crimes.
Delivering the ruling on the bail application made by the applicants’ counsel, Lawyer Lamin Camara, Justice Naceesay Sallah-Wadda, presiding, maintained that the ruling emanated from the motion filed by the applicants.
Lawyer Camara applied for accused persons to be granted bail pending the hearing and determination of the matter before the court.
She adduced that having listened to the submission made by the parties, the court observed that the charge of economic crime does not specify the section under which the accused persons are charged. She however maintained that the accused are before a competent court of law.
It could be recalled that the two were charged for stealing a motor vehicle, registration number BJL 4063B, on 10th January 2008, which the state considered to have caused an economic loss to The Gambia.
Meanwhile the third co-accused, Momodou Lamin Sonko, had also earlier been granted bail in the aforementioned sum.
Dominic Fedeli, the Italian national who was charged with complicity in the same matter, has been put on bail in the sum of D200, 000 with two title deeds.