By Mamadou Dem Veronic Carayol, the former Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement at TheVeronic Carayol Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), while continuing her defence before Magistrate Fatou Darboe of Banjul Magistrates’ Court, denied using the official government vehicle allocated to her to carry her sister’s employees.Ms. Carayol is standing trial on charges of ‘unlawful publication’, ‘abuse of office’ and ‘corrupt practices’. Continuing with her defence in a congested court room in the afternoon of 24 February 2015, the GRA former Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement said: “I was allocated with a double cabin vehicle with registration number GRA 63 which was allocated to me by Ansumana Trawally, the then Commissioner General of GRA with a driver. I was not the only one allocated with a vehicle and no conditions were attached to the vehicle during and after the presentation and even the prosecution witness, William Jatta, has said it in his evidence before this court and I agreed with him that no conditions were attached to the vehicles during and after the presentation.” When asked by her attorney, Hawa Sisay-Sabally, whether she used the vehicle allocated to her by her employer to carry any merchandise or her sister’s employees as alleged on the charge sheet, she responded: “I have never ever authorized the vehicle allocated to me to carry my sister’s employees. I have my personal vehicle which I acquired in 2008 before a vehicle was allocated to me by my employer. I have been using my own vehicle from 2007-2008 before a vehicle was allocated to me.” When asked by her counsel to tell the court whether during her employment with the government of The Gambia, she underwent any form of trainings, the witness said he had underwent training both local and international and has received certificates. The certificates were tendered and admitted as exhibits. Mrs Carayol also told the Court the terrible ordeal she went through when recording her statement at the NIA. At this juncture, the matter was adjourned to 3rd of March, 2015 for continuation of defence. ]]>

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