7 December 2012

Gambia: Robert Danquah Gives Character Evidence in Foday Barry & Pa Mbye's Trial

Robert Yaw Danquah, the fifth prosecution witness in the criminal trial involving the State against Foday Barry and Pa Habibou Mbye, all former senior staff of the NDEA on Thursday gave evidence on his character while giving evidence under cross-examination in the said case before acting Principal Magistrate Baboucarr Secka of the Banjul Magistrates' Court.

Danquah was cross-examined by the defence counsel for the accused persons, Lawyer Uzoma who asked him whether he was sentenced to 34 months in prison in The Netherlands and Danquah responded in the affirmative. According to him, he was released from prison in Quito, Ecuador and was deported to Bogota in Colombia but he cannot remember if this happened in August 2000, adding that he did not serve 8 years in prison in Quito but he only served 4 years.

He disclosed that he cannot remember the dates but knows that he has served 4 years in prison and cannot also remember the date he was deported. He further revealed that he owns a property (house) in Ghana and has bank accounts in Ghana as well. Danquah denied the allegation of the defence counsel that his properties and bank accounts have been forfeited to the State by stating that it is not true as he has access to his bank accounts in Ghana.

The defence counsel further put it to him (Danquah) that his accounts have been frozen by the State but he responded that it is a lie. He further revealed that he doesn't know why he was sent to prison in The Netherlands and in Ecuador and he doesn't know if he was sentenced for drug trafficking.

Danquah stated that he is a trader in auto spare parts and he did not come to buy spare parts in The Gambia, adding that he does not know whether he came for holiday in the country. He further told the court that he was not told the reason why he was been arrested at the 'Just 4 U' Guest House, and added that during his discussion with the 1st accused person (Foday Barry) nobody else was present, saying it was only the two of them. Hearing continues today, Friday, December 7th 2012.

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