CORRECTED: Gambia's former ambassador to France charged with graft

31st August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Gambia's former ambassador to France, William John Joof, was on Tuesday charged with corruption and theft relating to abuse of power while he was in office.

At a court hearing Joof, who is currently the permanent secretary at the foreign ministry, denied all the charges. He was refused bail and remanded into state custody.

Joof, who was ambassador to France from 2002 to 2007, is facing nine charges including obtaining goods by false pretences, conspiracy to commit a felony, and abuse of office.

According to the charge sheet, Joof conspired with certain individuals to import goods into Banjul in his name to evade payment of custom duties.

Joof also allegedly received 15,000 euros from a French national in return for a job in the consular services of the Gambia.

© 2010 AFP

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