10 January 2013

Gambia: ASP Sanyang Testifies in Prison Break Trial

ASP Musa Sanyang, a prison officer at the state central prison at Mile 2, on Wednesday testified as the fifth prosecution witness (PW5) in the criminal trial involving the state against Sulayman Jammeh, alias Daddy Boston, and 18 others before Magistrate Dawda Jallow of the Banjul Magistrates' Court.

In his testimony, ASP Sanyang told the court that he recognised all the accused persons and that on the 27th October 2012 some problems happened at the Remand Wing of the prison. On the said date, he said, all the Remand Wing prisoners were on rest while others were at the bathroom and one of them (the inmates) broke the window but they (the officers) did not know who did it.

He explained that he went to see the broken window and later called Chief Spt. Salif Jarju and Commander Lamin Faal to witness the breaking. He said they went inside the Remand Wing and the only thing he could do for his safety was to put all the inmates back inside the cells and called someone to maintenance the broken window for security reasons.

The witness further stated that the second problem was when the inmates went back to the cells and he told his officers on the ground that hence the place was broken and nobody was identified, let none of the inmates come out for anything and if they want to use the toilet, let them use their pots inside the cells. Again, he said, the officers should consult him for assistance.

ASP Sanyang said the inmates in cell number 11 complained that the first accused, Sulayman Jammeh alias Daddy Boston wanted to go to the toilet and they started to shout and rushed out of the cell. He further said that he informed the authorities and the soldiers on the ground about the incident.

According to him, the accused persons uprooted an iron and they started to hit the wall and broke some padlocks of the cell and some of the accused persons even insulted his mother. He added that when Commissioner Lamin Faal and the deputy director of Prisons came, everybody was taken back to the cells. According to him, they (the officers) identified the inmates who were involved in the crime and they reported the matter to the police were he wrote his statement.

At that juncture, the case was adjourned to January 17th 2013 for the cross-examination of PW1 and PW4, which was interposed with other evidences (testimonies).

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