FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

19 October 2009

Gambia: Another Narcotic Officer Testifies in Drug Case

Musa Jarjue a narcotic officer attached to the Serekunda Police Station testified against Demba Ceesay and Ali Khan in a drug related case, on the 12th October, 2009 at the Kanifing Magistrates Court.

He said on the 8th of August, 2009 he was on duty at Serekunda Police Station and he received a tip off at Duya Motel in Serekunda. He was deployed with one Inspector Bakary Gibba to the said motel. They found the accused persons and there was another person there, they are Demba Ceesay (first accused), Ali Khan (second accused) and Mustapha Hussein. Demba Ceesay was searched they found $400 (four thousand U.S Dollar) and D2500.00 (two thousand five hundred dalasis on him). They proceeded to search the ram where the accused were and they found a metal bottle containing some liquid. The accused persons, Demba Ceesay, Ali Khan, and Mustapha Hussein were arrested and escorted to the Serekunda Police Station where they were handed to the CID officer for further investigation who then recorded his statement.

During cross examination before senior magistrate Abdoulie Mbake the Defence Counsel put to him that the purpose of going to the motel was to carry out an investigation concerning the accused persons and Mustapha Hussein who was not present in court. He answered in the positive. He was asked what his findings were as result of his investigation. He said he found a metal bottle with some liquid in it.

He was later asked what else he found there. He said they also found $ 4000 U.S dollars and D2500.00 on Demba Ceesay, he said it was found in. When he was asked whether he found anything with the second accused, Ali khan he said no.

Defence Counsel Sanyang further asked him whether he asked Demba Ceesay the way he got the $4000 and D2500. He said Demba Ceesay told him that he received the money through Mustapha Hussein.

Defence Counsel asked whether Demba Ceesay explained the circumstances under which he received the money from Mustapha Hussein, the address that Demba Ceesay told him that he sold a bottle of mercury to Mustapha Hussein.

"You will agree with me that there was a transaction of sales between Demba Ceesay and the said Lebanese man, Defence Counsel put it to the witness.

"Yes, there was" the witness answered. It was put to him that regarding the bottle of mercury he referred to, his colleague, Bakary Gibba, said in his evidence that the said bottle was thrown behind to a third person and he the witness was to pick it up.

Defence Counsel asked the witness who threw the bottle behind. "Mustapha Hussein threw the bottle," he replied. "Since you were the investigator at the scene, did you detect why Mustapha Hussein threw the bottle behind?" asked the Defence Council.

"Mustapha Hussein told me that he panicked and that was why he threw the bottle," said the witness.

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