10 December 2012

Gambia: Prosecution Closes Case in Foday Barry & Pa Mbye's Trial

Police prosecutor Sergeant 3238 Manga on Friday informed the Banjul Magistrates' Court, presided over by acting Principal Magistrate Baboucarr Secka that the prosecution was closing its case in the criminal trial involving the state against Foday Barry and Pa Habibou Mbye, both former senior officers of the NDEA.

This development followed the continuation of cross-examination of the fifth prosecution witness (PW5), Robert Yaw Danquah, by the defence counsel for the accused persons, Lawyer A. Uzoma. Continuing his testimony under cross-examination, Danquah told the court that not all the money found on him at the time of his arrest at the 'JUST FOR YOU' Guest House was given to him by Carlos Arango, adding that he could not remember the actual amount.

He said he did not know if the accused persons were among the officers who arrestedhim and that when they got to Holgam NDEA Kanifing Office he was taken to the office of the 1st accused person (Foday Barry) but not immediately. He said he could not recall if he was in the same vehicle with the money recovered from him and that he did not know if the accused persons were within the vicinity where he was arrested.

Danquah finally told the court that the money recovered from him was with the officer who arrested him and he did not know if the accused persons were among them.

At that juncture the police prosecutor disclosed to the court that he wished to close the case of the prosecution in the trial. Meanwhile, the defence counsel for the accused person informed the court that he will file a no-case-to-answer submission on behalf of his clients. The case was however adjourned to December 31st 2012 for adoption of submissions from both defence and prosecution respectively.

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