14 December 2012

Gambia: In Mambanyick Njie's Trial - Terama Dahaba Further Cross-Examined

The defence counsel for the accused person, Mambanyick Njie, Lawyer Antouman Gaye on Thursday further cross-examined Bakary Terema Dahaba, the third prosecution witness in the criminal trial involving the state against Mambanyick Njie before the Banjul Magistrates' Court, presided over by acting Principal Magistrate Baboucarr Secka.

It would be recalled that the defence counsel applied for the said witness to be recalled which was granted and he was accordingly recalled.

During the continuation of his defence under cross-examination, Terema told the court that he has a diploma in management, other certificates in football particularly coaching and he attended university on a professional course in Ghana. He added that he receives his salary through the bank.

According to him, he received 800Euros as allowance for 5 nights and it is not for impress and he can remember signing a document on his way to the airport. Terema further testified that he knew very well what he was signing as it was for the 800Euros as per his discussion with the permanent secretary, adding that he was not threatened to sign the document.

The witness was given two documents (payment voucher and handwritten receipt) with were tendered by the defence counsel for identification purpose and it was admitted in as D1 and D2 respectively. He disclosed that he was under pressure while signing the said document as there was a quick changes in the arrangements for the football match against Equatorial Guinea and on his way to the airport he was given the document to sign by the Gambia For Goal executive secretary who followed him in a taxi and he did this at Old Yundum.

He also informed the court that he was given a staff loan of D150, 000 but he cannot remember when this loan was given to him. According tohim, he has not paid the whole amount but there has been a deduction of D2, 500 monthly and he does not know what the outstanding balance is because he has not received salary for the past 6 months. PW3 further told the court that he did not apply for the said loan, adding that it was approved by the former executive of the Gambia Football Association (GFA).

He further denied that the 800Euros he received was for both impress and allowance as put to him by the defence counsel. He finally said that he never reported or make any complain about the accused at the police.

The case was adjourned to 24th December 2012.

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