Foreign Ministry briefs Diplomatic, Consular Corps on diplomatic Passport scandal

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monday convened a briefing session with members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, International organizations and Honorary Consuls at Laico Atlantic Hotel in the capital, Banjul.
The meeting was convened to give update on the investigations into the recent Diplomatic passport fraud case that emanated from the arrest and detention of two staff of the ministry who are accused of involving in diplomatic passport scandal.
In a facebook post Monday afternoon, the Ministry said the briefing session was not only meant to inform the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, International Organizations and Honorary Consuls but to also update them about the steps taken by the Government of The Gambia to reshape the current structures in place as they relate to the issuance of official Passports and entitlements. It says the briefing also discussed the privileges accorded to representatives of International Community in The Gambia.
Late August, police arrest two officials of the ministry for providing diplomatic passport to individuals with a third person who travelled outside of the country before the unfolding of the incident still at large. Both police and the foreign ministry were protecting the names of the implicated officials from being published but a week later, the police released the names.
Several other arrests and questioning by the people of some senior government officials in connection to other diplomatic passport saga followed. A senior protocol officer at State House, who is said to be in charge of diplomatic passports and President Adama Barrow’s own chief driver was were also questioned by the police.
Some days later, Mr. Barrow’s one-time youth and sports minister, who is now serving as his special adviser was also questioned by the police in connection to diplomatic passport he once acquired for an individual.
The ministry however renewed Gambia government commitment to get to the bottom of the matter and resolve the situation immediately.

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