Friday, 02 August 2013 22:30(JollofNews) – A former Gambian chief justice who was unceremoniously sent packing from his office has strongly denied any wrong doing.
Joseph Wowo was removed from his post last week by Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh after he was allegedly caught on tape negotiating for a half a million Gambian Dalasis bribe from a Dutch businessman.
However, the Nigerian-born judge has denied the allegations and accused his enemies of misleading the Gambian people and the world at large.
"I want to categorically state that the so-called tape uploaded on YouTube was doctored by disgruntled people with ill intentions to deceive and mislead the Gambian peoples and the world at large," Mr Wowo said.
He added: " Ever since I joined the Bench, I have never ever asked or received any sort of gratification from anyone in relations to the discharge of my judicial responsibilities."
Mr Wowo said although he had attended a meeting with Lawyer Christopher Mene and another Nigerian lawyer at the residents of former Gambian Justice Minister in Old Yundum, he had never asked for any bribe.
Joseph Wowo joined the Gambia’s Justice Ministry in 1998 as a principal state counsel and deputy head of the civil division. He was lead counsel in the famous commission of inquiry that was set up to investigate the cause of the April 2010 student demonstration which resulted in death of over 12 demonstrators and the destructions of public and private properties.
He left for further studies in the US in 2001 but later returned to the Gambia at the end of his studies to become a high court judge in 2007. He was elevated to the Gambia Court of Appeal as a judge before being appointed president of the said court in November 2010 by President Yahya Jammeh.
Written by PK Jarju
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