29 November 2012

Gambia: Businessman, Prison Officer Testify in Ex-IGP and Co Drug Case

One Yusupha Jammeh, a businessman and resident of Faji-kunda in the Kanifing Municipality; and Alieu Colley, a Prison officer, yesterday gave evidence in the ongoing multiple criminal charges case filed in against Ensa Badjie, former Inspector General of Police (IGP) and two other top ex-military officers, Kuluteh Manneh and Mam Matarr Secka, at the Special Criminal Court, presided over by Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

Yusupha Jammeh first gave evidence relating to his business transaction with the first accused, Ensa Badjie; the building materials the accused purchased from him and the receipts issued to that end. According to the witness, Ensa Badjie was a friend to one of his friends and recalled a time when the accused bought some building materials from him, which included plumbing, electrical items, among others and receipts were issued. The said receipts were later tendered and marked as defence exhibits.

However, the DPP SH Barkun objected to tendering of the receipts, on the ground that some of them have no signatures. The defence counsel Borry Touray replied by indicating that the receipts bore the name of the accused with some of them written IGP and some IG Badjie, which clearly shows that it was issued in the name of the accused. According to the defence, the court could even take judicial notice of the fact that the accused was an IGP and some called him IG Badjie.

The presiding judge overruled the objection of the DPP and admitted the receipts as defence exhibits. Responding to questions from the DPP, the witness acknowledged he did go to school.

In his evidence, the Prison officer presented a prison diary and informed the court that the decision to bring the diary was based on a request made by the court for the DG of Prison to bring the said file, but the DG was not at work for the last few weeks.The file was tendered and marked as exhibit.

However, the DPP made it known to the court that he was surprise to see the defence counsel request the file and only applied to tender them without questioning its content since the beginning of the month when the said request was made.

The defence counsel replied that he only applied to tender the file and that it is for the court to see its content. The defence counsel then argued that the actual dates requested were missing in the diary; as such he renewed his request for the said dates to be brought for inspection with regards to the actual dates of removal of the accused from prison. "My lord, we want these dates to ascertain the movement or removal of the accused from Mile 2 and these dates are not in the diary brought by the Prison officer. We are referring to the 1st to 30 March 2010", Borry Touray queried.

The presiding judge later adjourned the matter and made an order through the Prison officer for his superiors to help the court with the said dates.

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