The story below is the previous court case on the AKI legal proceedings.
AKI Court Case Postponed as Maiden & Atlantic Pharmaceuticals Fail to Appear
The court case between bereaved family members of the Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) outbreak vs The Gambia Government, Maiden Pharmaceuticals and Atlantic Pharmaceuticals was heard on 7th November 2023 and postponed to 21st November 2023.
Presiding over the court case at the High Court was Justice Jaiteh. The case was to be heard at 2:30 pm today, however, only the Counsel for the State and the plaintiffs were present. Due to the fact that Atlantic Pharmaceuticals and Maiden Pharmaceuticals were not present the case was postponed to ensure that Maiden Pharmaceuticals was duly served to appear in court.
It can be recalled that from 2022 to early 2023 it was alleged that some 73 children died after consuming drugs manufactured by Maiden Pharmaceuticals in India and distributed by Atlantic Pharmaceuticals in the Gambia.
The Gambia’s National Assembly conducted an investigation and recommended actions to be taken to address the situation. In addition, the President instituted a Task Force which published their report and recommended sacking two senior staff at the Medicines Control Agency.
Atlantic Pharmaceuticals has already been shut down and has been duly served to appear but failed to do so. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to ensure that Maiden Pharmaceuticals are duly served in India to ensure that they appear in court. Information reaching Gainako indicates that Maiden Pharmaceuticals was sent a DHL Package serving them documents to appear in court, however, the package was returned.
Representing the Ministry of Health, the Medicines Control Agency and the Attorney General was Counsel Dinshiya Binga, meanwhile, representing some 19 AKI Victims was Counsel Yassin Senghore. Given that the two Counsels were present and Maiden and Atlantic Pharmaceuticals were both absent the case proceeded earlier than expected from 2.00 pm and a decision was made to adjourn the case to 21st November 2023 at 1 pm.
More to follow on the Defence filed on behalf of the state.