FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

16 November 2012

Gambia: PW1 Testifies in Mam Mbanyick Njie's False Information Trial

Cadet Inspector Mamadou Baldeh of the Fraud and Commercial Unit of the Gambia Police Force (GPF) yesterday testified as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the ongoing alleged false information trial involving Mambayick Njie, former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Mr. Baldeh told the court that in April 2012, a petition was received from the Office of the President through the Inspector General of Police in which they were asked to institute a panel of investigation. He said the panel was tasked to look into the matter of Gambia Football Association (GFA).

According to PW1, the said petition was entitled the way forward for GFA and signed by the accused person and that they were instructed to find out certain things contained in the petition. He said they began their investigation by inviting all those concerned and after that, a final report was written which was sent back to the Office of the President through their command.

After identifying the petition allegedly written by the accused person, Police Prosecutor Sgt. Manga applied to tender it in evidence as exhibit, but Mr. Njie, who is representing himself, objected to the admissibility of the document sought to be tendered on grounds that he was acting on behalf of an institution and not in his personal affairs. The accused argued that it is the said ministry's letter head which was used on the petition and not his personal letter head or address.

In reply to that objection, the prosecution argued that the said document is very relevant in the case and it bears the signature of the accused person, adding that the accused was not charged for signing the petition but the information therein which, he said, tantamount to giving false information.

The prosecutor urged the court to admit the document in evidence as exhibit.

The trial Magistrate upheld the application of the prosecution and the document was admitted and marked as exhibit A.

The panel report was also admitted and marked as exhibit B.

Under cross examination, the witness told the court that no financial mismanagement was discovered at the GFA during the cause of investigation, adding that travelling allowances were allocated to those travelling with the teams.

Hearing continues to the 21st and 22nd of this month, 2012.

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