16 November 2012

Gambia: More Testimonies in Ex-IGP Badjie & Co Drug Case

More defence witnesses continue to adduce evidence in the ongoing multiple drug charges pressed against the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ensa Badjie and two other former top military officers, Kuluteh Manneh and Mam Matarr Secka.

The latest such evidence at the Special Criminal Court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Nkea, came from one Bubacarr Darboe, a carpenter who works on the Bijilo compound of Ensa Badjie and Mustapha Ceesay, an intelligence officer attached to the NIA Headquarters in Banjul. These witnesses served as defence witness 9 and 10 respectively following a request made by the defence counsel Borry Touray for them to give evidence in the matter.

However, at the start of their evidence, the counsel renewed his call for both the prison and NIA bosses to comply with the court's summons by responding and give evidence in the matter. The application was granted and an order was made for the said two director generals to accordingly comply with the court's summon issued earlier. The matter was later adjourned to November 22nd, 2012 for continuation.

Mustapha Ceesay, DW9 was the first to adduce evidence before the adjournment, he recalled the year 2005, while on a peace keeping in Darfur, Sudan with Ensa Badjie also on a similar peace keeping mission in the said country, but in a different City called Nayalla.

He further recalled two occasions when Ensa Badjie assigned him to transfer some money into his (Ensa Badjie) Standard Chartered Bank account in The Gambia and the said money was in dollars. According to him, he did as he was assigned. He said they were 20 in number on the mission and he went on a military package, while Ensa badjie went on a police package, as such he cannot remember the number of Gambian officers based in Nayalla with Ensa Badjie.

This paved the way for DW 10, Bubacarr Darboe, who identified himself as a carpenter who works on the Bijilo compound of Ensa Badjie and recalled Amadou Samba gave 200 bags of cement to Ensa Badjie on one occasion and 150 bags of cement on another.

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