Sabally appeals against Janneh Commission findings as Government set to release Inquiry report

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Momodou Sabally, former secretary general and head of the civil service of Gambia’s exiled former President Yahya Jammeh has sued the Commission of Inquiry to the High Court about a report on him, a confidential source has told Eye Africa TV, Thursday evening.

The source said Mr. Sabally filed the suit some two months ago to set aside adverse findings against him and is waiting for judges to resume in October when the case will be heard.

The matter came as Gambia Government will formally release the report of the Commission of Inquiry at a news conference tomorrow, alongside a 93-page White Paper dossier based on the findings and recommendations of the 1, 600 page Commission of Inquiry report.

Chairman Surahata Janneh presenting Inquiry report to President Barrow in March 2019

Mr. Sabally was among several members of the Jammeh government who were called by the Commission that was established by President Adama Barrow in July 2017 to probe into the financial dealings of Mr. Jammeh and his close associates.

He was a commissioner in a 2011 Commission of Inquiry that former President Jammeh established to probe into tax evasion and other corrupt practices of accountants, legal practitioners, companies, and private persons, and institutions that are required to pay tax to the Gambia Revenue Authority.

The Surahata Janneh led Commission of Inquiry was given an initial three-month mandate but continued for nearly two years, during which senior officials and close allies of exiled former President Yahya Jammeh, including Mr. Sabally testified.

As Budget Director during the Jammeh era, Mr. Sabally was a commissioner in the tax commission that allegedly found both the chairman Surahata Janneh and lead counsel Amie Bensouda of the Barrow established Commission of Inquiry wanting for tax evasion.

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