28 November 2012

Gambia: Rongo Continues Defence Testimony

Momodou Lamin Jarju alias Rongo, Monday 26th November 2012, continued giving his defence evidence-in-chief in the ongoing criminal trial involving the state against him and his father, Alhaji Lamin Jarju at the Brikama Magistrates' Court presided over by Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke.

In his continuation of defence testimony, Rongo told the court he was never aware of communal land in Banjulinding as alleged and that Landing Kotoring Janneh never allocated a land for the community of Banjulinding as alleged by the prosecution witnesses 1, 2 and 3.

According to DW1, Landing Kotoring Janneh passed way since 1991 and that he (the deceased) was the first Alkalo of Banjulinding whom he (Rongo) described as nice and honest person. DW1 revealed that Landing Kotoring Janneh was succeeded by his son Eric Tundeh Janneh and that Eric Tundeh Janneh was never called at the NDEA for statement recording.

Rongo explained to the court that said communal land as alleged belongs to his family since the colonial era and that he (Rongo) has document to prove it. He said that he doesn't know who provided encroach 1, 4, 5 and 6 but got them from the Ministry of Lands.

When put to him (DW1) by his defence lawyer S Gaye that PW3 Lamin J Gassama in his testimony told the court that DW1 provided some documents to assist them in their investigation and the official documents to the NDEA investigator including judgement from both the Magistrate and High Court on the issue of his land, which he said was in his favour against Eric Tundeh Janneh and PW1 Momodou Lungs Jarju.

The case was adjourned to 5th December 2012.

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